Apple Island

Apple Island

Douglas Evans | Illustrated by Larry DiFiori

Bradley unravels the mystery of ”Operation Misteach.”

Bradley doesn’t much like school. And he especially doesn’t like his new teacher, Mrs. Gross. But it isn’t until she tells the class that 6 x 9 = 54 but in the new Upside-Down Math 9 x 6 = 45, and that they no longer need to include the silent ”e” when spelling words like ”come,” ”give,” and ”have,” and that there are seventy states in the United States. He knows something is seriously wrong. Bradley sneaks into the Teacher’s Room and discovers a map of a mysterious Apple Island, where all teachers originally came from. When his class is kidnapped and flown there, Bradley gradually discovers that there was a Squabble and the Good Teachers built an ark, ”Pedagogue I”, and sailed to America where they established schools for children all over the country. Now the Crabby Teachers have arrived with a plan, ”Operation Missteach” to undo all the good teachers have done.


  • Ages: 9 - 11
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Pages: 144

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Recent Reviews

A whimsical, absurdity charged satire.

—Publishers Weekly

Poking good-natured fun at pedagogues, principals, and even librarians … Evans generally hits his targets but so lightly that teachers will chuckle more often than squirm.

—Booklist