Will anyone take on Jake Semple?
Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.
Only one place will take him now, and that′s a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn′t fit the Applewhite mold is E.D. -- a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake.
Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze . . . but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?
Tough Jake Semple, who's been expelled from school after school, has one last chance with the eccentric Applewhite family, artists who school their four children at home. Largely self-absorbed, except for the sensible but initially hostile twelve-year-old, E.D., the Applewhites barely notice Jake's spiked red hair and multiple body piercings. Instead, they turn to him to play a role in Mr. Applewhite's local production of The Sound of Music. Jake, who's surprised to find he likes acting and singing, and E.D., whose organizational skills suddenly blossom as stage manager, become allies as Jake adjusts to the frenetic but always funny Applewhites.