Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not very good.
A chaotic home-schooling family takes in a juvenile delinquent and reforms him by involving him in a big family project.
The premise is right up my alley, but there were a lot of drawbacks. Both parents are self-absorbed to the point of narcissism and neglect. The definition of education leaves a lot to be desired. The whole premise that if you just set kids free to be on their own they will learn best, is off-base.
On the bright side, it does help kids relate to:
1. Being an organized personality in a chaotic environment - frustrating!
2. A new family member to adjust to.
3. Finding your gift and contribution to make to the group.
The Sound of Music was a nice touch.
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