Worst Class Trip Ever
by Barry, Dave; Cannell, Jon (ILT)

Attending a class trip in Washington, D.C., Wyatt and his friends encounter a group of mysterious men and find themselves dodging their long-suffering teachers to stop what may or may not be a plot against the president.

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize&;winning author of more than two dozen books including the just-released You Can Date When You're 40. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of the Peter and the Starcatchers series and Science Fair.. Dave, his wife Michelle and their family live in Miami, Florida.

On a trip to Washington, D.C., four eighth-graders get tangled up in a plot to bomb the White House . . . or maybe not. One thing nerdy Wyatt does know: the two men from "Gadakistan" who sat behind him on the plane will stop at nothing-including kidnapping-to get back the mysterious electronic device Wyatt's impulsive buddy Matt snatched from them. OK, one other thing-how lucky is he that dazzling classmate Suzana steps away from the "Hot Girl Clot" to provide the brains, bankroll, and even the brawn for what becomes a frantic round of chases, attacks, rescues, narrow escapes, and desperate ploys? Laced with Barry's trademark zingers (pandas are "like the Kardashians of zoo animals" because they "never actually do anything except eat and poop"), the escapade culminates in a climactic melee featuring a snake, a fork, a really big kite, the president of the U.S., and video footage that boosts Wyatt's Twitter account from 2 followers to 4.7 million. Readers can only hope their own class trips turn this exhilarating. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Barry (along with Ridley Pearson) has built cred with kids thanks to the Peter and the Starcatchers series. Adults know him, too, so expect demand thanks to name recognition and plenty of buzz. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

A Miami eighth-grader's class trip to the nation's capital quickly escalates into an international incident.Wyatt Palmer wants nothing more than a nice, peaceful, informative class trip to Washington, D.C. But when his best friend, Matt, spots some suspicious activity on their plane, his dream vanishes—in a big way. Soon Matt is kidnapped, possibly by international terrorists, and it's up to Wyatt and the girl of his dreams to find him and exchange a deadly device for their lost friend. That all sounds heavy, but humor columnist Barry sprinkles enough laughs throughout to keep things moving smoothly. The novel's ludicrous scenario is met with an equally comic tone, making for a fast-paced, easy read. The author supplies these kids with enough smarts to get out of jams but enough vulnerabilities to keep readers engaged. At no point will readers be worried about the fate of the world, but whether or not Wyatt and his pals make it out in one piece is another matter. The bo ok's shortcomings are few: the adult characters are as flat as the children are round, some of the slapstick goes a bit too far, and the final pages are overstuffed with expository "this is how everybody ended up" chunks of text.A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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