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The cheapest family in the world decides to go on an off-brand cruise in this wacky mystery/adventure story.
Mr. Pennypacker is cheap. But Mrs. Pennypacker has wrestled money for a vacation from his tightfisted grip, and the family is on their way to a Disney cruise. Charlie Pennypacker is thrilled to be going somewhere—an eleven story luxury cruise liner, 212-foot water slide, and an all-night buffet awaits!
So Charlie thinks. The vacation is actually a Wisney cruise, which means a dilapidated fishing boat, fake Disney characters, no water slide, eggs for every meal, and his enemy Gunter Hwang, who has been brought along for thirty dollars a day. On top of that, the captain is on the run from sinister men in dark suits.
It's a Caribbean game of cat and mouse involving wits, interrogations, a hidden room, races against time, and clever deceptions. As Mr. Pennypacker would say, you can't get this kind of adventure on those other overpriced cruises.
About the Author
Lisa Doan holds a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, sits on the board of the Brandywine Valley Writers Group, and is an IPPY gold winner for juvenile fiction.
Lisa’s jobs have included Master Scuba Diving Instructor, Wall Street headhunter, owner/chef of a restaurant, set medic for a reality T.V. show, deputy prothonotary of a county court, and author of middle grade novels. She can assure you that writing middle grade novels like Chadwick's Epic Revenge and The Pennypackers Go on Vacation is the most fun. (You’d think it’d be scuba instructor, but no!)
Lisa is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, has traveled throughout Africa, Asia and Central America, and lived on a Caribbean island. She has backpacked alone from Morocco to Kenya and her top tip on crossing the Sahara Desert is: TURN BACK - YOU HAVE MADE A LARGE MISTAKE. She lives in West Chester, PA.
Marta Kissi is a Bath based illustrator, originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. Her favorite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares her artist studio with her husband James and their pet plant Trevor.
"This illustrated mystery-adventure features wacky characters, deceptions, and lots of madcap situations... Charlie and Gunter's efforts to uncover the mystery are thoroughly enjoyable." - Booklist