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Apples Every Day

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Three new students, including shy and sullen Sheila, begin a year at Kenner, a progressive Canadian boarding school.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1973 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1965)
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Sarah
Aug 02, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
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This made its way to my to-read list because it's a boarding school book. I had to ILL it and am pleased some library still held on to this. It's from 1965, Canadian, and set in a progressive school. And wow was it ever weird. All the things you want in a story about a progressive boarding school-33 students in a dilapidated house with just a few teachers, and everyone does whatever they want-even if that's nothing at all. Now, I love a weird dated book, but I think that those things aside, this ...more
Kathy Moberg
I loved this book when I was about 11 or 12 years old and borrowed it two or three times from the public library. I recently got my hands on an old copy and read it out of curiosity. I have to say, it isn't especially well-written and the progressive boarding school (circa 1965) sounds dreadful to me now, but I can see why it appealed to me as a child. I don't know that it would have the same appeal to a 21st century tween, as it is very much a 1960's era book. Another reviewer called it a time ...more
Susan
Jan 12, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing

I remember being really enthralled by this story about a boarding school in Canada, lots of apple eating and friends and crushes and the stuff of middle school drama - so of course I loved it. I remembered the title a year ago and thought it might be fun to reread some of the books I loved - and see if they were actually any good or whether I just read dreck in my youth ... this book on AbeBooks was a bloody fortune - so now it is on my extensive list to hopefully locate someday at a used book s
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Marthe
Jul 28, 2012 Marthe rated it really liked it
this was one of my favourite books as a young teenager, even after I spent a year in a similar boarding school (in England rather than Canada), and knew first-hand how living so closely together with other students AND teachers can bruise and illuminate. It never occured to me until this minute, when I saw that someone else had read the book,that the author might have written something else. Now on a treasure hunt...
Laurie
Jun 18, 2008 Laurie added it
Recommended to Laurie by: Constance
I recommend this if you particularly like books about: boarding schools, Canada, or kids putting on a play. Otherwise this story about a small, progressive '60s boarding school is nice but forgettable. (The title sounds like it would be one of those charming pioneer/farm books by someone like Miriam Mason, but it's not at all like that.)
Hsgray
Jan 24, 2016 Hsgray rated it liked it
I read this book when I was young and it stuck with me for some reason. Gaby, Phil, the Play. I found it in a used bookstore and grabbed it. Now I work for a progressive school similar to Kenner.

If you are looking for other books about progressive schools I also recommend Totto-chan.
Elizabeth Lund
A fairly straightforward and realistic story about a girl at a progressive Canadian boarding school similar to Summerhill. Was glad to see a school like this portrayed in a sympathetic (though not totally utopian) manner.
Ashley
Apr 18, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
read growing up
TheBookGroupie
Jul 01, 2014 TheBookGroupie rated it it was amazing
I must have read "Apples Every Day" four times when I was in elementary school and,every time, I felt like I was on a great escape away from home with good friends.
Maia
Aug 22, 2011 Maia rated it liked it
Lovely old fashioned story with poignant intimate details. Recently found my old copy and re read it with zest.
Wendy
Jun 01, 2017 Wendy rated it it was amazing
It has been quite a while since I last read it, so I don't know that I can give it a proper review. However, I read it repeatedly as a pre-teen and teen, and it is what got me started reading Shakespeare at a young age. I still have that bit of 'The Taming of the Shrew' memorized.
Thomasin
Feb 18, 2017 Thomasin rated it really liked it
CAN you be unschooled at a boarding school? Turns out: yes! And you'll eat a lot of apples while you're at it (because thrifty!).

These four stars are genre-based--and this is a boarding school, turning teenager (not quite 'coming of age'), unschooled story with a Shakespeare play and other variety shows detailed and it's great in that way.
Wendy
Jun 18, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Constance
An odd time capsule of a book, worth more for the period details than any literary qualities. My favorite part was the betrayal of the much-loved teacher, and I really wanted to read more of her expose, although I was very disappointed at the ultimate reason for that betrayal.
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Born in Geneva Switzerland, novelist and scriptwriter Grace Richardson was raised in Montreal, Canada. She was educated at McGill University, and at Oxford University, in England. She has lived in New York, and worked in publishing. In addition to her fiction, written for children and adults, Richardson has written TV drama scripts for Screen Gems (Montreal) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporati ...more
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