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Kirkus, STARRED Review

"Deftly capturing the childhood torture of family road trips, Burke nails the hilarious dialogue between Theo; his 16-year-old sister, Laura; and their science teacher dad....Each short chapter provides a glimpse of the humor and pain caused by the lack of communication and unaddressed grief that burdens each family member.....With memorable characters and voices, realistic emotions, and an extra helping of humor, this title rocks.... A masterful look at loss and mourning wrapped up in a hilariously painful family vacation."


School Library Journal


"This is a good, realistic, and funny book about a family in transition...Sure to be a popular title, especially with fans of humor, road trip adventures, and James Patterson’s books."

John David Anderson, author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted

"Coursing underneath this comically disastrous road trip romp is a painfully real and poignant reflection on how families find the strength to cope with loss. Funny and fast-paced (and occasionally happy), Theo's journey is one many young readers will relate to and enjoy."


Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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Praise for An Occasionally Happy Family

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