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The Worst Vacation Ever!

Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean.

One evening Kyle is left in charge of his younger sister, BeeBee, while his parents attend an adults-only Salesman of the Year dinner on an elegant yacht.

Then the earthquake comes -- starting a fire in their hotel! As Kyle and BeeBee fight their way out through smoke and flame, Kyle remembers the sign at the beach that said after an earthquake everyone should go uphill and inland, as far from the ocean as possible. Giant tsunami waves -- three or four stories high can ride in from the sea and engulf anyone who doesn't escape fast enough.

Kyle and BeeBee flee uphill as a tsunami crashes over the beach, the hotel, and the town. The giant wave charges straight up the hillside and through the woods where the children are running for their lives. The perfect vacation has become a nightmare! Somehow Kyle and BeeBee have to outwit nature's fury and save themselves from tsunami terror.

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published on August 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN-10: 068985272X
ISBN-13: 9780689852725
16 Book Reviews
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  • ravenclaw12321
    ravenclaw12321Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8:26 am44 stars
    Kyle Davidson has 4 goals. 1. Increase batting average 2. Stand up to Daren 3. Get an increase in allowance 4. Pop a wheelie on his scooter He goes to the town of fisher for an event. There is an earthquake and then tsunamis. They meet people who help them like Norm, Josie, and Pansy. They also try to find their parents who are on the The Elegant empress.
    • dcSunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:28 am
      really good
      • awesomegirlThursday, April 5, 2018 at 9:19 am
        It is tootuly epic
        • AlexaThursday, April 5, 2018 at 9:18 am
          It is epic!
          • wubydidaxygyfo
            wubydidaxygyfoThursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:45 am
            This book was amazing. This is the first book by Peg Kehret and it wont be the last. My favorite thing about the book was the surprises the led up to the tsunami.
            • ajg16
              ajg16Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm
              I could not put this book down
              • khloe123
                khloe123Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:23 amFeatured
                This is probably now one of my favorite books. I couldn't stop reading it. And Peg Kehret is a really good author. She adds so many details. It's kinda like an adventure book. Some parts in this book it's really risky. After they get through the fire they meet Norm and Josie. They start walking up the hill to get as far as they can away from the ocean. Soon they get really tired they have to stop. So they set on a bench and wait awhile. But then Norm and Josie told them to keep walking and leave them behind. After BeeBee and Kyle walked a long way. Pansy got up with them. Read the book and find out what happen to Norm, Pansy, Josie, BeeBee, and Kyle. Will BeeBee and Kyle ever see their parents again? Does their parent's ship capsize? Will Kyle ever stick up for himself to Daren?
                • art2017
                  art2017Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:16 am55 stars
                  This book is about a boy and girl that go on a vacation and they get caught in an earthquake.
                  • sherlock2004
                    sherlock2004Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11:12 am55 stars
                    One of the best ones
                    • vikiis20
                      vikiis20Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm55 stars
                      This book is amazing. I love the plot of this book. It really impressive, because the plot, the way that the author describe everything and the characters. Kyle is a really brave boy. Even though they were in dangerous. This is the book that makes me want to read again and again.