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The Worst Class Trip Ever

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Wry humor, international drama make for fun page-turner.

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Dave Barry's goofy humor is spot-on in this fast-paced novel of a hapless eighth-grader caught up in an international plot -- it's 24 tamed for the middle school set, punctuated with fart jokes. THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER is told in the self-deprecating voice of Wyatt, who's trying to impress out-of-his-league Suzana but instead finds himself in awe of her boldness.

For all the implausibility of the plot, Barry is right at home in the world of 13-year-olds. The class dutifully treks from one place where "something historic happened" to the next, and, as on any field trip, all the interesting stuff happens in between: For most of the class, the most exciting part of the trip is speculating why Suzana is spending so much time with the nerds. There are elements of real danger (kidnappers, Secret Service agents, missiles), but they lack teeth -- it’s more slapstick Pink Panther than Mission Impossible.

Book Details

  • Author: Dave Barry
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: May 5, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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