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Perry Homer Ruins Everything

About The Book

A boy and his con artist family’s rascally ways keep them on a never-ending vacation full of rip-offs and schemes, leaving him to wonder if it’s too late to change his fate in this funny, hijinks-filled middle grade romp.

Perry Homer is bad news, just like the rest of his troublemaking family. His parents skip out on restaurant bills. Uncle Manny uses his legal training to get free stuff. Perry’s cousins use their coding skills to scam people. On a disastrous vacation to Lindsborg, “the nicest town in America,” Perry’s siblings steal their new favorite toys from local businesses and set the town’s whimsical Swedish decorations ablaze. The Homers are worthy of the nickname the local news gives them—the Bad Family—and they’re having a blast.

Perry thinks he could be good. His favorite teacher, Miss Penelope, recommended him for a scholarship at the prestigious Ithaca School, and it’s his chance to change things. He just has to get home from Lindsborg and show up for the interview.

Still, that’s easier said than done. After the Homers get kicked off their plane, Perry comes up with one last scheme to keep them pointed toward home. But can Perry really make it to Ithaca—or is it his fate to ruin everything?

About The Author

Photograph © Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel is the award-winning author of more than a dozen middle grade novels, including To Tell You the TruthLies I Tell Myself, When Giants Burn, and Perry Homer Ruins Everything. She lives in Canton, Connecticut, with her family. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 18, 2024)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665918664
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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"An amusing story that asks readers to engage with moral gray areas."

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