What Could Go Wrong?

What Could Go Wrong?

by Willo Davis Roberts
     
 

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Gracie and her cousins find themselves in the midst of a summer vacation gone awry in this thrilling adventure from three-time Edgar Award–winning author Willo Davis Roberts.

Everyone thinks Charlie is nothing but trouble, since bad things tend to happen whenever he’s around. But Gracie knows better.

Now both kids have the chance to fly with their

Overview

Gracie and her cousins find themselves in the midst of a summer vacation gone awry in this thrilling adventure from three-time Edgar Award–winning author Willo Davis Roberts.

Everyone thinks Charlie is nothing but trouble, since bad things tend to happen whenever he’s around. But Gracie knows better.

Now both kids have the chance to fly with their other cousin Eddie from Seattle to San Francisco without any adults. Gracie’s father isn’t sure the trip is a great idea, but Gracie’s not worried. What could go wrong?

Then things begin to go wrong…very wrong! Is it just Charlie’s bad luck following them? Or have Gracie and her cousins stumbled into something more dangerous than they could have ever imagined?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When cousins Gracie, Charlie and Ed die are invited to fly to San Francisco to visit their Aunt Molly, Gracie's mother decides they may go, musing ``What could go wrong?'' If only she had known about the man in the Ha waiian shirt carrying a newspaper with a mysterious code written on it. Or about the bomb threat that forces the plane to make an unscheduled landing in Portland. Or about the strange disappearance of Mrs. Basker, a kind, old lady who befriends the children on the airplane. Since it is her first plane trip, Gracie wonders if her imagination is teasing her; then she realizes that she and her cousins are inadvertently involved in an excit ing, frightening adventure. Lively prose and strong characterizations make an ordinary event--a first plane ride--into an extraordinary backdrop for a mystery. Roberts's clever plot enhances the suspenseful and unex pectedly humorous story. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- An enjoyable if somewhat slow-moving mystery/adventure tale. When their Aunt Molly invites cousins Gracie, Eddie, and Charlie to fly from Seattle to San Francisco for a visit, they are elated. Before they board the airplane, Gracie picks up a discarded newspaper and befriends an elderly woman who is nervous about flying. These seemingly innocent actions lead to an unscheduled landing due to a bomb threat, a mugging of the old woman, and the children's growing conviction that someone is out to get them. The mystery centers around the newspaper, which contains a message concealed in the crossword puzzle. By the time they reach San Francisco, the young people have deciphered the message, been locked in a room by money-laundering criminals, and rescued by an FBI agent. Gracie, 11, narrates this tale of intrigue. She comes across as a friendly, likable character with a penchant for helping others and a strong desire to stay out of trouble. Charlie, the oldest and most sophisticated of the trio, has a reputation for turning any event he is involved with into trouble, but this time the trouble finds him. Eddie, the youngest, is naive but fiesty. In places readers may wish for less talk and more action, although toward the end there is plenty of excitement as the children are pursued and captured by the criminals. The offense--laundering money--may be hard for young readers to understand. Overall, this is a welcome contribution to collections in which mysteries are in demand, but readers accustomed to the page-turning thrills of a Lois Duncan novel may be disappointed by the lack of sustained suspense. --Bruce Ann Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481474894
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many mystery and suspense novels for children during her long and illustrious career, including The Girl with the Silver Eyes, The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Megan’s Island, Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, Scared Stiff, The Kidnappers, and Caught! Three of her children’s books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades, including the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Georgia Children’s Book Award.