The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Published by Disney-Hyperion

Summary:  Wyatt’s on his way from Miami to Washington, DC for an eighth-grade-class trip when his friend Matt notices some strange behavior from a couple of guys on the plane.  Thinking he may be intercepting a terrorist attack, Matt grabs one of their backpacks and manages to steal a dangerous-looking device from it.  This gets both Matt and Wyatt in a heap of trouble from their teachers, and it also makes them the target of the two men who proceed to chase them through DC, trying to get their device back.  Before long, Victor, Cameron, and Wyatt’s crush, Suzana, have found out what’s going on.  When the two men take Matt hostage, the adventures really begin, and don’t end until Wyatt has flown into the White House on the inside of a dragon kite.  Grades 4-7.

Pros:  I knew this would be a light, funny story from humorist Dave Barry, but I didn’t expect it to actually have an exciting plot.  Wyatt’s voice is perfect for narrating this middle school tale, and readers will enjoy the humor and adventure.

Cons:  I found the humor more of a chuckle than laugh-out-loud.

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