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The Absolutely True Story: How I Visited Yellowstone Park with the Terrible Rupes

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Lewis and Alison's vacation should be lots of fun. Driving to Yellowstone in a motor home, seeing all the fantastic sights, getting to know their new neighbors...the trip should be a blast. It turns out to be anything but.
First they discover their hosts, the Rupes, have no interest in nutrition, manners, or their own children. Even worse, two strange men seem to be follo
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Aladdin (first published November 1st 1994)
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Douglas Larson
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Willo Davis Roberts was known for her children's literature where her protagonist(s) have to solve some significant problem in their lives. This is another one of those stories and while I did find it enjoyable to a point, it isn't the best written of Roberts' work. I have read about 6 or so of her books. Most of those I have read have a better story line and better character development than this one. I would say that this book does have merit but not as much as other notable examples from Robe ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Willo Davis Roberts has written a very funny book about two children who are invited to go on a camping trip with their new neighbors, the Rupes. Mr. and Mrs. Rupe are NOTHING like their own parents: the Rupe kids can eat junk food whenever they want, there seems to be no discipline or accountability for the kids, and the parents do want they want, when they want. A dream vacation awaits! Or does it? A mix up with RV's, stolen cash, mysterious men in a blue Crown Victoria, kidnappers . . . and Y ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Certainly written for a younger crowd, but the story moved along well. One thing I really liked about the book was how the two heroes of the story came to appreciate their own parents and their rules without the message being to "over the top". I think many young readers will relate well to a family that is more "normal" than most families presented in children's lit. A fun story for 3rd grade on up.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-kids
YA book- A brother and sister jump at the chance to visit Yellowstone with new neighbors (the Terrible Rupes) in an RV. Quickly realize the parents are irresponsible and 3 kids are wild. Even grow to appreciate the nutritious food their parents serve and how they help them learn. An element of mystery too with mysterious men following them. Light and fun.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
It has been YEARS since I read this one. I still remember how hilarious and awesome this book was though. It has a colorful (and hilarious) cast of characters. The action never stops and the mystery will keep most kids interested. The overall theme is comedy, but there are some underlying themes such as relationships and loving your family that parents will appreciate.
Joseph Hodge
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this when I was younger I really enjoyed it.
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I remember really liking this book as a kid, though not sure now why that was!
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4 - 6th graders
Recommended to Mrs Johnnie by: Sunny Haught
A great story for the age level! I highly recommend for 3, 4 & 5th graders.
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Willo Davis Roberts was an American writer chiefly known for her mystery novels for children and young adults. She won Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1989, 1995, and 1997 for best juvenile and best young adult mysteries. Her books included The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Don't Hurt Laurie, Megan's Island, Baby-sitting is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, The Girl with Silver Eyes, The One Left B ...more
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