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What Could Go Wrong?

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"When cousins Gracie and Eddie are invited to fly to San Francisco to visit their Aunt Molly, Gracie's mother decides they may go, musing 'What could go wrong?' If only she had known about the man in the Hawaiian shirt carrying a newspaper with a mysterious code on it. Or about the bomb threat . . . Lively prose and strong characterizations make an ordinary event--a first ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 23rd 2012 by Aladdin (first published 1989)
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Raevyn Oswald
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Bogged down by consumerism. Also, it was rather dated--seeing as it's a story about criminals on a plane, but written before 9/11.


“Jerk” three times; “screw up”; “stupid” three times; “idiot” twice; “geez” twice; “gosh”; a villain swears, but the words aren't written out.

Violence and darkness
Some years before the story starts, two characters fall off a barn roof, resulting in injuries; a bomb threat; an old woman is attacked; a villain is beaten up.

Monopoly; Clue; Picti
Douglas Larson
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
An enjoyable story much like many of Roberts' other books. They have some mystery, suspense and some sort of danger. Some of them are somewhat predictable though I like the way Roberts carries the story to its conclusion.
Seth H
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What Could Go Wrong is a mystery book about a girl named Gracie. She convinces her parents to let her and her cousins fly to their aunt's house all by themselves. Her and her cousins think the trip will be a breeze, easy come, easy go. They were very wrong. They accidentally get into trouble with some pretty rough criminals, and end up wanting to solve the crime that these criminals committed. When they try they get in even deeper trouble and have to find a way to get out of it. I really liked t ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Thirteen-year-old cousins Eddie, Charlie, and Gracie practically have to beg their parents, but they are finally allowed to fly on their own to San Francisco to stay with their Aunt Molly. What is supposed to be a routine flight quickly turns suspicious, however, when the plane makes an unexpected landing, an old lady traveling with the kids is attacked, and two sinister characters keep following them around. Before they can enjoy their visit
4.5 stars. Great story about 3 cousins who fly alone to San Francisco to visit their aunt. This is not your normal airplane and airport fiasco, this is a grip-your-seat, killers-on-the-loose suspense mystery. I would've loved this book in grade school and I could hardly put it down now.

I've heard that many of her books are similar in their feel and predictable, but since this is my first book by this author, I am just enchanted.

* Stereotypical Dennis the Menace, cousin Charlie
* Sweet cous
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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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