Father-and-son writing team Gary and Jim Paulsen pick up where their Road Trip left off. Ben has been invited to try out for a special hockey academy. But Dad wants Ben to catch up to the school field trip instead. So Ben, Dad, and their dogs, Atticus and Conor, jump into their truck. Ben concocts a secret plan to make the tryout, but Atticus and Conor are on to him. Ben and Dad’s road trip turns into a wacky adventure full of new friends and surprises.
Readers who like dog's will appreciate the dogs' "opinions", which are kept to one page per chapter, and are definitely amusing. Atticus is the cranky old dog, and Conor is an exuberant puppy.
The short length, fast pace, and general goofiness of this one makes for great middle grade reading. There is a light romance thrown in as well. It's not completely necessary to read the first book, Road Trip, to keep up with Field Trip, but if you have the opportunity, I wouldn't miss any chance to embark on a road trip with the Paulsens!