The Worst Class Trip Ever (Class Trip Series #1)

The Worst Class Trip Ever (Class Trip Series #1)

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by Dave Barry
     
 

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In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their

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In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack-or maybe not.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/09/2015
Check your disbelief at the TSA line for this hilarious jaunt from Miami to Washington, D.C., with the civics students of Culver Middle School. Trouble starts on the airplane, where Wyatt Palmer and friend Matt Diaz notice that some nearby passengers have aerial photos of the White House and a backpack they are reluctant to stow under the seat in front of them. When an electronic device falls out of the bag, Matt pockets it, setting off a chain of events that leads to two kidnappings and an international incident in the Rose Garden involving the President, a foreign dignitary, a dragon kite, an angry cab driver, and more. (Suggested alternate title: The Worst School Chaperones Ever.) The boys are aided by the apple of Wyatt’s eye, Suzana Delgado, who they are surprised to learn is not only an excellent soccer player but “basically a Navy SEAL disguised as a hot eighth-grade girl.” Pulitzer-winner Barry has the comic sensibility of a middle-school class clown. Expect to have lots of trouble keeping this one on the shelf. Ages 8–12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (May)
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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 sup! plies 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 book'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)—Kirkus

Check your disbelief at the TSA line for this hilarious jaunt from Miami to Washington, D.C., with the civics students of Culver Middle School. Trouble starts on the airplane, where Wyatt Palmer and friend Matt Diaz notice that some nearby passengers have aerial photos of the White House and a backpack they are reluctant to stow under the seat in front of them. When an electronic device falls out of the bag, Matt pockets it, setting off a chain of events that leads to two kidnappings and an international incident in the Rose Garden involving the President, a foreign dignitary, a dragon kite, an angry cab driver, and more. (Suggested alternate title: The Worst School Chaperones Ever.) The boys are aided by the apple of Wyatt's eye, Suzana Delgado, who they are surprised to learn is not only an excellent soccer player but "basically a Navy SEAL disguised as a hot eighth-grade girl." Pulitzer-winner Barry has the comic sensibility of a middle-school class clown. Expect to have lots of trouble keeping this one on the shelf. Ages 8 12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House—PW

On a trip to Washington, D.C., four eight-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 with 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 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 United States, 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. John Peters—Booklist

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Wyatt Palmer’s 8th grade class is headed from Miami to Washington, D.C., for their annual field trip. When Wyatt’s best friend, Matt, convinces him that the shady characters seated behind them on the plane are secret terrorists targeting the White House, everything goes from the normal levels of bad pre-teen angst to…worse! Wyatt is smitten with gorgeous Suzana, who not only hangs out with the coolest people in Culver Middle School, but also towers over nerdy Wyatt. Still, when the action picks up and the so-called terrorists target Matt and Wyatt because of something Matt stole from their backpack, Suzana jumps into the fray. There is a kidnapping or two, a giant dragon kite, and deadly snakes in this outrageous and hilarious plot, not focused on the White House as originally imagined, but on the President himself. Through no bravery but instead due to weight, Wyatt becomes the hero of the hour, and Suzana even agrees to go to the 8th grade prom with him in the end. Barry perfectly captures the tone of concerns and conversations for this age group, right down to the fart humor. Boys will love this book and it would be a great recommendation for reluctant readers. But there is a brave and resourceful girl character here, too, so this entertaining tale will have wide appeal. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 13.
VOYA, June 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 2) - Susan Allen
Wyatt Palmer; his best friend, Matt; and the rest of the eighth-grade class from Culver Middle School in Miami are headed for Washington, DC. What could happen on a class trip? Apparently, many strange and funny things can happen. Two weird men sit behind Wyatt and Matt on the plane, refuse to relinquish a backpack, and look at aerial photos of the White House. There is a scuffle over the backpack, and a strange electronic device ends up in Matt’s pocket. The weirdo pair follows them all over Washington, DC, tracking the teens to their hotel room and kidnapping Matt. Wyatt’s dream girl gets involved and spearheads the rescue of Matt. Could there be a link between the dragon kite found at the home of the kidnappers, the strange electronic device, and an attack on the White House? Could Wyatt, his dream girl, Matt, and their hotel roommates be the only ones that know about this plan and thus, must foil it? Barry, well known for his part in the Peter and the Starcatchers series, must have been a middle-school class clown. The students’ antics are slapstick, and the humor is right out of an eighth-grade mind. The adult characters are not well developed. Barry points out several times that Wyatt’s mother is Cuban and very loud, which plays into a stereotype. Aside from these minor elements, this is a light, hilarious romp that will be hard to keep on the shelves. Reviewer: Susan Allen; Ages 11 to 14.
School Library Journal
05/01/2015
Gr 5–7—On a class trip to Washington, DC, eighth grader Wyatt Palmer and his best friend Matt believe that they have uncovered a terrorist plot. The men seated behind them in the airplane are oddly protective of their luggage and spend their time during the flight studying aerial photos of the White House. During a scuffle with these passengers, Matt removes an odd device from one man's backpack. This event gets Matt and Wyatt into trouble with their teacher, not to mention a stern lecture from the Federal Air Marshal, but they figure it will be worth it if they have foiled a terrorist plot. Unfortunately, Wyatt and Matt have not seen the last of those two men. For the rest of their trip, Wyatt, Matt, and a few more of their classmates (including Wyatt's crush Suzana) avoid bad guys, sneak away from the rest of their class, and conceal the whole situation from their chaperones. If everything goes well, Wyatt can save the country and get the girl—but when has anything on this trip gone well for Wyatt? Barry's trademark humor shines in this tale of a field trip gone hilariously wrong. While Wyatt's adventures occasionally push the boundaries of credulity, his escapades are so funny that readers are likely to be forgiving. VERDICT With its wacky humor and mildly suspenseful scenarios, this appealing book will be a good fit for most libraries.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-16
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 book'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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484708491
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
05/05/2015
Series:
Dave Barry's Class Trip Series , #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
12,082
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Website:
http://www.davebarry.com

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The Worst Class Trip Ever 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great and funny book .Great for kids of all ages
Anonymous 22 days ago
Intriguing book that will always keep you guessing what's next
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Good and funny
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Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoluetky funny