Father Carl is perhaps Crabapple Crossings’ most engaged citizen – he is the mayor. Of course in such a small village, mayor-ing is not a full-time job. So he is probably mostly known around town as teacher of the older students at the school. He loves getting to know each student’s strengths and weaknesses and encouraging him or her to be the best scholar possible. He teaches all subjects, but math is probably his favorite, because he loves watching a child’s face light up when they master a difficult mathematical concept. When not busy with teaching, caring for his children, and his mayoral duties, he enjoys beekeeping, barbequing, and fishing.
Mother Connie is almost always the first to know about current events because she owns the town’s newsstand. She gets up bright and early every day to collect the newspapers and magazines that are delivered by the earliest train. She also is the editor and publisher of the Crabapple Crossings Chronicle, which keeps all the townspeople informed of current events and activities around town. She is always soliciting stories and pictures from anyone who wishes to contribute. When not running her businesses and caring for her children, she enjoys playing croquet, dancing, and drinking tea.
Oldest brother Caleb is very focused on his schoolwork, always looking for a quiet place to study. With so many younger brothers and sisters, he often hides out at the Crabapple Crossings public library. It is much quieter than anywhere in his house. When not doing his very best in school, he enjoys doing origami, flying kites, and participating in plays with the community theater.
Sister Colleen is the twin of Caroline. She is very nurturing and loves to take care of her brothers and sisters, especially baby Calvin. She is always planning fun activities such as games and crafts for the other children. She is almost always available to babysit youngsters around town, and sometimes helps out at the nursery school for extra pocket money. In her free time, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, rollerskating, and decorating for holidays.
Sister Caroline is the twin of Colleen. She loves the outdoors and is often found climbing trees or building forts. Her father wishes she were more focused on her schoolwork than running around outside, but she would much rather go for a bike ride than do her homework. She loves joining her dad on his fishing trips, playing horseshoes, and eating ice cream cones.
Middle brother Colin is a shy boy, spending much of his time to himself. Sometimes he tags along with his older brother Caleb to the library. He loves reading fantasy stories, and is working on writing his own. He spends a lot of time thinking about his fictional kingdom, and his side of the bedroom is covered in maps and drawings he’s made of it. He also enjoys playing games with his friends, creating scavenger hunts, and trainspotting.
Youngest brother Calvin is doted upon by all of his older siblings. He loves getting lots of attention, so can be a bit silly and very loud. He loves going to the park to play, especially when an older brother or sister pushes him on the swings. His favorite activity is feeding the ducks in the park and his favorite food is milk with honey.