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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

The Worst Class Trip Ever: 02/11/18

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry is set in Washington DC against the backdrop of an eighth grade class trip. Wyatt Palmer, bored on the flight to DC notices a mysterious man on the plane and decides he's a terrorist. When he tells his teacher and various other adults and no none believes him, he decides to wrangle his friends to prove the mysterious guy is a terrorist.

Long story short, of course, the mysterious guy from a made up, vaguely Russian / vaguely Muslim sounding country. These bad guys are basically from Madeupistan comprised of every negative stereotype possible for potential terrorists.

Even in light of the attack in France and more close to home, the shooting in San Bernardino, I still don't see any of the so-called humor this book promises. Instead, I'm treated to xenophobic, racist dogma. While I normally say that one star means I didn't finish the book, this time, it means it's an extra specially bad book that I can't recommend to anyone.

One star

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Comment #1: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 15:12:46


Yikes, that sounds awful!

Comment #2: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 19:19:00


It was pretty dire.

Comment #3: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 22:08:06

Ellen Pilch

This sounds good. I had no idea that Dave Barry wrote children's books.

Comment #4: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 19:20:00


You can probably find it at your library.