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Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
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Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe
The Final Kingdom by Michael Northrop
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
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Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
The Maze in the Mind and the World: Labyrinths in Modern Literature by Donald Gutierrez
Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #1: Twilight Sparkle by Thomas Zahler
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Noragami: Stray God Volume 4 by Adachitoka
The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla
Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 2: The Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

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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

Ash

Yikes, that sounds awful!



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

Pussreboots

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

Pussreboots

You can probably find it at your library.