Lost in London [NOOK Book]

Overview

A tween’s foreign exchange experience lands her in London luxury—and some hot water as well!

Twelve-year-old Jordan isn’t unhappy, but she’s definitely bored. So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she’s thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond.

Unfortunately, Jordan’s host sister in London, Caroline, ...
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Lost in London

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Overview

A tween’s foreign exchange experience lands her in London luxury—and some hot water as well!

Twelve-year-old Jordan isn’t unhappy, but she’s definitely bored. So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she’s thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond.

Unfortunately, Jordan’s host sister in London, Caroline, isn’t exactly enthusiastic about entertaining an American girl. Despite the chilly welcome, Jordan finds herself loving the city and Caroline’s group of friends, who are much nicer than Caroline herself.

And then a major misstep leaves Jordan and Caroline trapped together overnight—inside Daphne’s, the world’s largest department store. Given they have complete access to all the fancy shoes, designer dresses, and coolest makeup around, there are worse places to be stuck. But when the girls’ fun has not-so-fun consequences, Jordan’s wish for excitement abroad turns into a lot more than she ever bargained for...
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Will participation in a week-long school exchange program in London help thirteen-year-old Jordan Jacoby leave her boring life in Delaware and get over her boredom? Follow her adventures as she searches for a "de-bored-ification" across the pond. Her trip becomes crazier than Jordan could ever have imagined. Her host teen, Caroline, in London is not very receptive to her new American guest, although her friends are. Jordan quickly realizes that she and Caroline will probably not be BFFs. The girls get stranded overnight in Daphne's department store. Initially, this situation provides them with a wonderland of fancy shoes, designer dresses, and makeup beyond imagination to explore. Jordan records their adventures on her cell phone. Later, when things are missing from the store after their night inside, blackmail and mystery ensue when their videos go public. The book provides humor and mystery through these adventures of Jordan, Caroline, and their friends that tweens will enjoy reading. Readers will also feel that they are in London through the excellent descriptions of the city, especially the landmarks, and use of British food and language. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442466548
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: mix
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 184,081
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Just Add Magic, Lost in London, Lucky Me, Lost in Paris, and Lost in Rome, all with Aladdin M!X. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Lost in London

The flyer in my hand said it was a one-week student program in London—as in the most exciting city in Europe. I needed something exciting, anything other than what was called “my life.”

Everybody has a “thing.” Some people are good at sports, or music, or are popular, or are at the bottom of the social ladder.

Except me. I didn’t have a thing. Translation? I was a positively ordinary thirteen-year-old girl who led a boring life. Consider my life’s report card:

• I lived in a regular old town without a palm tree, igloo, or palace (Wilmington, Delaware) = blah.

• I didn’t do any sports or clubs = yawn.

• I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, ride my bike without a helmet, go to R movies, or attend boy-girl dances = lame.

• I lived next door to my school, where my dad worked = annoying.

• Worst of all, I’d never done anything exciting. When I explained this to my parents, they brought up my trip with the Girl Scouts last year. I didn’t think that should count, because it was only two nights and my mom was there. It was totally Dullsville. (I dropped out of Girl Scouts right after.)

This school-sponsored trip was like a miracle opportunity sent directly to me, Jordan Jacoby. What could be more exciting than London? (Paris, possibly, but that doesn’t matter right now.) I wanted to go to London to become worldly by traveling around that amazing city and soaking in its history and culture.

There was just one problem. Kind of a biggie. My parents.

I studied the London program information on my short walk home from school—across the football field, through a gate, along a short path, and onto the sidewalk that led to my house. My dad was a little ways behind me, walking home too.

Let me give you some advice if your parents ever consider working at your school:

Talk them out of it.

Sabotage the interview.

Recruit someone else for the job.

Do whatever it takes for them to work anywhere other than at your school. Seriously, anywhere. And if they somehow manage to get the job, beg them to change their name and pretend they don’t know you.

I love my dad, but walking to and from school with him every day, and seeing him lurk in the hallways, sucked any possible element of fun from my middle-school existence. I couldn’t so much as draw on my sneaker with a permanent marker, or talk to a boy, without getting “the look.” The you-and-I-both-know-you-shouldn’t-be-doing-that look.

Ah, London.

I wanted this trip.

“What are you reading?” Dad walked faster to catch up with me.

“About the school-sponsored trip to London this year. I really, really want to go.”

He immediately harrumphed, but I didn’t let that stop me. This was going to take persistence. And I could be seriously persistent.

The conversation about the trip went on all afternoon and into dinner. “There has got to be more to the world than Wilmington, Delaware. I’ve never done anything or gone anywhere.”

“Now, that’s just not true,” Mom said. “You went away overnight to Girl Scout camp. Remember that?”

Oh, yeah. Did I ever.

I tried: “Oh, come on. You never let me do anything fun. And it’s only five days.”

Then I went to: “We live in an American-centric society. Isn’t it important for me to broaden my horizons?” (I’d gotten that from the flyer.)

I added: “I have the assignment all planned out. It’s going to be a photo montage of sights with narration. I promise I’ll get an A, or maybe an A-minus, on it and I’ll weed all summer long to pay you back for the trip.”

Finally I went with: “It will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life!”

My mom talked about me staying with an old friend of hers who had a stepdaughter about my age. This made me think she was seriously considering it. Then she started talking about the dangers of a foreign city—drugs, kidnapping—and the cost of the trip. It wasn’t looking good.

Then—I don’t know what happened exactly—but at that moment, on Marsh Road in Wilmington, Delaware, a miracle occurred. They said YES!

I was going to embark on a journey called the De-bored-ification of Jordan Jacoby.

Only, I had no idea how de-bored-ified my life was about to become.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    I read an early version of this fun, tween story. It's kind of l

    I read an early version of this fun, tween story. It's kind of like HOME ALONE--for 11 or 12-year-old girls! They get trapped in a London department store, and all manner of highjinks ensue.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    So much fun for my daughter. She loved it and I was happy with

    So much fun for my daughter. She loved it and I was happy with the book as well. She LOVED the part about getting stuck in a department store and trying on all the shoes and makeup. The story moves quickly and is an adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by any 10-14 year old.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    This book is adventures, entreating, and fun to read! I would de

    This book is adventures, entreating, and fun to read! I would defiantly recommend it, it is a great children's chapter book. In the beginning this book really grabs my attention, and it is brought to life through words. It is a great book for girls! Great job on this book, I LOVED it! Can't wait to read your next one!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    After my tween daughter and many of her classmates raved about t

    After my tween daughter and many of her classmates raved about this book, I decided to dive into it myself. What a great read! The story follows American girl Jordan on a week-long exchange program in London with some new British friends. In addition to giving a fresh perspective on London sightseeing, the characters eat, shop and pamper themselves with makeovers along the way. And the entire time, a mystery is unfolding around them. This book has the perfect amount of humor and mystery for any tween reader! The author has a unique voice, and I am currently enjoying her first book “Just Add Magic”. I highly recommend both books—they’ll make great holiday gifts!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Great Read!

    This exciting book is about a young preteen who lives an ordinary life. When she finally gets the oppertunity to visit her mom's friend and her daughter who is exactly her age named Caroline. Jordan (the main charactor) finds herself among all the fashionable girls and boys in London. But, when she is accused for a horrible crime Jordan finds herself the damsel in distress. To make matters worse Caroline's long time rivel threatens to turn Jordan into the smelly, stinky, discusting jail cell. Will Jordan be able to get away before her time is up? Will she finally be able to live an interesting life? Will she get back home? Read Lost in London to find out. - Critic's Review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Lost in London was a really fun book! I loved it so much and cou

    Lost in London was a really fun book! I loved it so much and could hardly put it down to go to sleep at night! It is very cool being exposed to another country and it seemed like the author researched London for the book. It mentioned a lot of the sights and I liked learning about London. Overall it was a very good read! It was quite a mystery and I couldn't wait to see how it would turn out. It felt like it opened new doors to a completely different place and the book brought you there. I loved this book and I'm sure you will too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    Jordan has wanted to go to London for a long time using an excha

    Jordan has wanted to go to London for a long time using an exchange program she finally gets to do so.
    In this story it’s about all Jordan and her friends from London and her moms friend, that lives in London, daughter. When Jordan goes to London she meets Caroline and her soon to be friends, Sam, Gordo, and Ellie. While in London she gets locked in Daphne’s store that has everything in it from food to clothes she didn’t know what to do until she found out Caroline is stuck with her and since the security cameras aren’t on they run around the stores and try everything. Later in the story they find out that this guy named Sebastian is trying to get them into trouble by blackmailing them into doing his homework. Whenever they don’t listen to him he posts a video of the girls running around after the mall closes. After that they find out that there was things stolen from Daphne’s the night that they were there and since Sebastian put the video out there thinking it was Jordan and Caroline. They’re calling them the Daphne’s duo. My favorite part of this story would have to be when Jordan and Caroline get locked in Daphne’s because of how they are free to do everything that they want when they’re in each store. My favorite part of this place in the story would have to be when they go into the dress shop and try on the dresses then go to the trampoline store and jump around while wearing dresses and how they bounce on the trampoline. I also like how Caroline acts when she’s just with Jordan in Daphne’s instead of trying to be the best person in her group. There is another part of this story I really like and that is when they prank Caroline by pretending to get “taken” after they go to in the boat  and when Caroline comes out how she freaks out because she thinks her friends are gone. I also just like this whole book because it’s in my genre of stories and of how Jordan wants to go to London which is a place I have always wanted to go. I would recommend this book to my friends and people younger than me from ages 8-14 probably because you can relate to it whether you want to go to London or you dad is the principal at your school. This book makes you feel like you’re really there and that you’re one of Jordan Caroline, Sam, Gordo, and Ellie’s friends. Lastly I want to say about this book is that I would love to read more of these books because of how Cindy Callaghan writes her stories to feel like your inside the story and how she puts all her feelings into these stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Great Book!

    I was so pleased whenever I recieved this book, it is the best book ever:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Awesome

    I thought this book was terrific and intresting for tweens and teens wanting a good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    I thought the book lost in London was a good book because it had

    I thought the book lost in London was a good book because it had suspence, drama, and a bit of education! I rate this book five stars for all the details and charateristics of each charater

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Awsome

    This book is a awsome book to me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Awesome book! Just makes you wanna keep reading and the characte

    Awesome book!
    Just makes you wanna keep reading and the characters keep you hook line and sinker. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Super fun book! My niece read Just Add Magic, and couldn't wait

    Super fun book! My niece read Just Add Magic, and couldn't wait to read this book. Definitely recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    A must have for girl tweens!!

    I bought this book for my niece but read it first to make sure it was good for her. Well, I loved it and so did she! It's a great read and the main character Jordan is so bubbly, fun and witty that you can't help but get wrapped up in the adventure. The story is also written in a very accessible way and the moves quickly, which is perfect for tweens. I highly recommend for a daughter or niece and the book would be a great addition to any school library

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Great book! My 9-year-old loved it, so I snagged her copy and r

    Great book! My 9-year-old loved it, so I snagged her copy and read it myself. Adorable characters, fun writing style that draws you in and a cool location! Perfect for tween girls. Loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

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    I think that Lost in London is a good book because of all the a

    I think that Lost in London is a good book because of all the adventure and excitement.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Lost In London is a great book. If i were you than I would buy t

    Lost In London is a great book. If i were you than I would buy this awesome book. This book is about a 13 year old girl named Jordan. She had a boring life until she went to London. But  she had no idea how crazy her trip to London was about to be.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2014

    Lost in london

    This is an awsome book

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    Lost In London by Cindy Callaghan follows Jordan Jacoby,an avera

    Lost In London by Cindy Callaghan follows Jordan Jacoby,an average girl looking for a chance to “de-bored-ificate” her life.When a school sponsored trip to London comes up Jordan is ecstatic  to fly across the pond to London.Even though her host,Caroline,may be a bit of a diva,Jordan is still thrilled to be in London.After meeting Caroline’s friends,who are way nicer than Caroline,Jordan is sure her mission to “de-bored-ificate” her life is on the right path.Just when everything seems to be at it’s best,one minor mix-up happens getting Caroline and Jordan locked in Daphne’s,the largest department store in the world.Meaning access to designer clothes,glam shoes,and gorgeous jewelry.Any girls dream!And the best part,Caroline seems to be having a blast! But when an enemy’s of Caroline finds out about their adventure in Daphne’s, Jordan’s life becomes more exciting than she would have ever expected.I loved reading this book!It was one of those books that makes you laugh.I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a book full of laughs and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    I bet it is a good book!! :)

    I know this will be agood book for me just by looking at the title and reading a cuple of pages....!!!! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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