Asking for Trouble (London Confidential Series #1)

Asking for Trouble (London Confidential Series #1)

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by Sandra Byrd

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When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn’t have the required experience, and the cute editor-in-chief is not looking to train anyone. She has to come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available… See more details below


When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn’t have the required experience, and the cute editor-in-chief is not looking to train anyone. She has to come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy.
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

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Publishers Weekly
Minimal development of supporting characters and a lack of narrative tension mar Byrd’s (the Friends for a Season series) effort to chronicle a teenage girl’s maturation in her Christian faith. Fifteen-year-old Savvy—uprooted from friends, school, and church when her close-knit family moves from Seattle to London—struggles to adapt to British lingo and customs. Eager to establish a niche for herself, Savvy exaggerates her journalistic experience when applying for a coveted spot on the school newspaper. Throughout, Savvy’s moral conflicts resolve themselves quickly, as when she confesses her inexperience during her interview with no dire consequences. Family members provide unconditional love and support: the only familial tension revolves around Savvy’s sister’s dog and crusty “Aunt” Maude (their landlord), who, unsurprisingly, turns out to be a sweetheart. The family’s desire for a new church home is fulfilled on Christmas Eve. The story’s most poignant moments coincide with Savvy’s growing empathy with adults, as when she recognizes that her mother’s struggles to find friends mirror her own. The second book in the London Confidential series, Through Thick and Thin, is available simultaneously. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Fifteen-year-old Savannah has recently moved from Seattle to London, and is struggling to fit into a new city, school, and culture. She feels abandoned by her old friends back in Seattle and can't quite break into the tight circles of friendship at her new school. She also can't find a church or church group where she fits in, which was a hugely important aspect of her family's life back in the United States. Savvy gamely attempts to join various clubs and activities, but discovers her best chance at school happiness arises when the school newspaper needs a new reporter. Savvy tells a lie of omission and wins the position, but her conscience gets the best of her and she confesses to the dreamy but distant editor, Jack, the truth. The result: instead of becoming the paper's newest reporter, Savvy is offered the job of delivering the papers each week. When Savvy comes up with an innovative idea to help flagging circulation by including a new advice columns for teens, Jack allows her to write a few anonymous columns to test the idea. Savvy looks to the Bible for inspiration and her column is a hit. At the end of the novel, Savvy is just beginning to feel comfortable with herself and her new life, but her future looks promising. This novel focuses heavily on Savvy's quest to find where she fits in a new school, using the New Testament as a backdrop for many of Savvy's decisions. Each advice column Savvy writes is based on a Bible passage, and throughout the novel Savvy and her family pray for guidance in their new home. While the evangelical Christian slant of the book may well put off any reader who doesn't share those beliefs, Savvy is a very appealing character and younger teens will likely identify with her struggle to find a place she belongs. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp

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Tyndale House Publishers
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London Confidential , #1
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Asking for Trouble

By Sandra Byrd

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Sandra Byrd
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-2597-2

Chapter One

I hung back at the doorway to the cafeteria of my new supercool British school, Wexburg Academy. Most of the lunch tables were already packed, and the room was buzzing with chatter. The populars, whom I'd secretly nicknamed the Aristocats, commanded an entire table right in the center of the room. Their good looks and posh accents made up the sun around which all other tables orbited. The normal kids were in the second circle, arranged by friends or clubs or activities. The drama table was on the outer edge of the room, and so were the geeks, the nerds, and the punk wannabes-way out there like Neptune, but still planets. Most everyone had a group. I didn't.

Okay, so there was one table with lots of room. The leftovers table. It might as well have been the dark side of the moon.

No way.

I skipped lunch-again-and headed to the library. One of the computers was available and I logged on, desperately hoping for an e-mail from Seattle.

There was an e-mail from my grandmother reminding me to floss because British dentists only cleaned adult teeth.

Spam from Teen Vogue.

An invitation to join the Prince Harry fan club-I opened it and gave it a quick scan. I'd consider it more later.

And ... one from Jen!

I clicked open the e-mail from my best friend at home-well, it had been my home till a couple of months ago-hoping for a lunch full of juicy news served alongside tasty comments about how she missed me and was planning stuff for my next visit home. I craved something that would take me the whole lunch period to read and respond to and remind me that I did have a place somewhere in this universe.

From: Jen To: Savannah Hey, Fortune Cookie, so how's it going? Met the Queen yet? LOL. Sorry I haven't written too much. It's been so busy. Samantha took the position you'd been promised on the newspaper staff. She's brand new, but then again you would have been too. It seemed strange without you at first, but I think she'll do okay-maybe even better than okay. And hey, life has changed for everyone, right? Things are crazy busy at school, home, and church. We hang out a lot more now that a bunch of us are driving. Will write again in a few weeks. Miss you! Jen

A few weeks! My lungs filled with air, and I let it out slowly, deflating like a balloon with a slow leak. I poised my hands over the keyboard to write a response but just ... couldn't. What would I say? It had already been weeks since we'd last e-mailed. Most of my friends texted instead of e-mailing anyway, but texting across the Atlantic Ocean cost way too much. And the truth was ...

I'd moved, and they'd moved on.

I logged off the computer and sat there for a minute, blinking back tears. Jen hadn't meant to forget me. I was simply out of her orbit now.

I pretended to read Sugar magazine online, but mostly I was staring at the clock, passing the time till I could respectably head to my next class.

Five minutes before class I swung my book bag onto my shoulder and headed down the hall. Someone was stapling flyers to the wall. "Hi, Hazelle."

"Hullo, Savannah." She breezed by me, stapling another pink flyer farther down the wall. We had math class together-oh yeah, maths, as the Brits called it-first period. I'd tried to make friends with her; I'd even asked her if she'd like to sit together in lunch, but she'd crisply informed me that she sat at the table with the other members of the newspaper staff.

She didn't bother with small talk now either, but went on stapling down the hall. I glanced at one of the flyers, and one sentence caught my eye right away: Looking for one experienced journalist to join the newspaper staff.

I yanked the flyer off the wall and jammed it into my bag. I was experienced. Wasn't I?

A nub of doubt rose inside me-the kind that popped up, unwelcome, anytime I tried to rationalize something that wasn't exactly true or right.

This time I swallowed it back. I thought back to Jen's e-mail that kind of felt like a polite dismissal. I lived in London now.

It was time to take matters into my own hands.


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