This story is a bit like the movie National Treasure--plenty of fast-paced action, educational tidbits, a fair amount of quips, characters with unusual stores of knowledge, and a couple of dramatic moments. The writing uses a very accessible voice, and includes unusual tourist attractions in the U.S. that the family visits are quirky and fun. There are some graphic extras, including photos of some of the places, and instructions for using Google Maps to track the family trip in the story. The book is a little light on characterization. There is a considerable amount of advanced vocabulary, but not all of it is necessary to keep up with the plot.
Look, I'm not jumping off a cliff in some crazy suit just because a strange lady told me to."
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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