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 Pennypackers go on vacation
 Author: Doan, Lisa

 Illustrator: Kissi, Marta

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
 Pub Year: 2019

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 264 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 281840 ISBN: 9781250154118
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Family life -- Fiction
 Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction
 Ocean travel -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.01

The cheapest family in the world decides to go on an off-brand cruise in this wacky mystery/adventure story.

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/01/19)
   Booklist (06/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2019 Middle-schooler Charlie Pennypacker is thrilled his family is going on a real Caribbean cruise for vacation instead of taking their usual pretend one in their backyard. But he and his bratty six-year-old sister, Olive, soon realize that their cheapskate father booked them on a knock-off Disney cruise instead of the real thing. Even worse, Charlie's ex-best friend and next-door neighbor, half-Korean Gunter Hwang, shows up: Charlie's father is being paid to bring him along. Charlie and Gunter one-up each other as they realize two threatening black-suited men are following the ship from port-to-port. This illustrated mystery-adventure features wacky characters, deceptions, and lots of madcap situations, many involving pain-in-the neck Olive, whose favorite saying, frighteningly, is I will cook you like a French fry. Secondary characters are mere caricatures compared to the main ones, and the plot is a bit thin, but Charlie and Gunter's efforts to uncover the mystery are thoroughly enjoyable. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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