Applewhites at Wit’s End by Stephanie Tolan

April 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Great changes are in store for the highly creative and somewhat eccentric Applewhite family when money problems force them  to open a summer camp for gifted children, who almost immediately begin to rebel, while a mysterious interloper watches from the woods.


If you asked me, “Is this fact or opinion? The Applewhites At Wit’s End is great.”  I would reply, “Fact!” With hilarity on every page, this fast paced, exciting, interesting and creative book will make your day!
Oh yeah, about the story. Well, it’s all about creativity, you see. The Applewhites are a talented family of artists that live on a farm/school/nature phenomenon where they practice their arts – drawing, dancing, poetry, theater, writing, woodworking – and home school the kids. It’s not exactly a school … they each design their own curriculum. Anyway, they have an extra student called Jake. They have to be creative when they lose money, so to get the “benjamins” rolling in they host a camp for creative kids. It’s fine until the threat notes begin to appear. What will happen? Hopefully, you’ll read this and find out.
For anyone who loves books, read it. Period. Want a funny, mysterious, clever, interesting book? You’ve found it. The characters are easy to connect with. They’re great; from poets to photographers, you’ll be entertained. This book is incredible. And that’s a fact.

This book is about an artistic family who live on a large property where all of them excel in their various types of art.  When their bank manager stole all of their money, the Applewhites must start a creative arts summer camp to make some extra money.  A few weeks into this camp, ransom notes start appearing in the mail and a strange man in a suit starts sneaking around the property.  The Applewhites must figure out what’s going on and stop it before their camp gets shut down.
I thought that this was a very good book, and when I finished it, I wished that there were more.  Though this is sequel to another book, I haven’t read that book and I still found it quite easy to understand.  Even though I usually don’t like mysteries, I enjoyed this book.

Applewhites at Wit’s End is a sad and happy book filled with a variety of artistic characters. I liked this book because the family, being artistic, was interesting and stunning to my brain. It will probably be my 2nd or 3rd vote if it stays alive which it might. The author made the main conflict and the bad guy turn this book into a really funny, exciting, and mysterious story.


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