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Through Thick & Thin

Through Thick & Thin

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by Sandra Byrd
My assignment was clear. I had to find a way into that photo shoot. And then get Jack to allow me to write a feature article for the Wexburg Academy Times.
Savvy Smith, 15, sees her chance to write a full column in the paper, making her name and making her way in her new hometown near London, England. But the choices she faces when given the chance


My assignment was clear. I had to find a way into that photo shoot. And then get Jack to allow me to write a feature article for the Wexburg Academy Times.
Savvy Smith, 15, sees her chance to write a full column in the paper, making her name and making her way in her new hometown near London, England. But the choices she faces when given the chance to choose between friends, family, and fame may turn her dream into a nightmare.
London Confidential: Where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith. Tyndale House Publishers

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Savvy Smith is, for the most part, your typical fifteen-year-old freshman. She is an aspiring journalist trying to get her first byline on the school newspaper, is frequently traumatized by bad hair days, and is secretly crushing on her editor, Jack, a super cute senior. In other ways, however, Savvy is not exactly typical. For starters, she is American, recently transplanted to Wexburg Academy, just outside London, England. Despite her faith that things will work out, it seems everyone in her family is making friends and finding ways to fit in. Savvy's trying, but she's also got a secret. Known to all as the school's newspaper delivery girl, she also happens to be the anonymous author of Asking for Trouble, the school's advice column. In this second book in a four-part series called "London Confidential," Savvy continues to rely on her faith to guide her. She's got a great idea for her own article—coverage of a fashion shoot being held at the home of one of the cliquey Aristocats—but the choices she makes in trying to make this happen lead to unexpected consequences. Savvy often turns to the Bible for guidance and inspiration when writing her column or dealing with problems, but the issue of her faith is lightly handled. A good read for pre-teens and teens, the book deals with the consequences of lying to your parents and the struggles to make new friends while being true to who you really are. A Christian novel, Savvy's voice is real without being heavy-handed, and her problems are real as well, albeit entirely G-rate and absent any objectionable content. Reviewer: Kris Sauer

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Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
London Confidential Series , #2
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Through Thick & Thin

By Sandra Byrd

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Sandra Byrd
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-2598-9

Chapter One

It was ten minutes before I had to leave the house to get to my school, Wexburg Academy, the first day back after Christmas vacation. And my hair was a mess. I mean the kind of mess that you can't possibly show up to school with, not if you're fifteen and your hair is third in importance in your life. Right after God and family. Some days, right after God. Kidding!

I ditched the downstairs bathroom and slid into the kitchen. "I'm sick. I have to stay home," I told my mother as she wiped down the counter and put the toaster away. "I think it's the flu." I coughed three times for effect.

"You look fine to me," she said. My dad chugged down his normal breakfast of tomato juice with a shot of hot pepper sauce, snorted, and glanced up.

"You look fine to me, too," he said. "New hairdo?"

"Yes. I call it 'running in a wind tunnel.' Or maybe 'standing too close to firecrackers.' Or 'I'd like to lose the tiny social standing I've gained in the six months we've lived here.'"

Here's a new rule for my fashion notebook: I will never, ever, ever attempt to scrunch my hair without washing it the day after I've flat-ironed it. Never.

And here's a second rule, one I should have known by now: don't ever try new hair products ona school day.

"You like different fashions, Savvy," my little sister, Louanne, said. "You're just setting a new style." Her dog, Giggle, who should have been named Growl, stared at me. I knew he was mocking me. I gave him the stink eye and promised myself to chase him with a running vacuum cleaner after school.

"I can't go, Mom. I really can't."

"You really can," she said as she looked at her watch. "In fact, you must. Better get a jacket on and head out."

"Why is your hair done so early, Mom?" Louanne asked. I pulled myself out of my panic-attack nosedive long enough to look at my mother. It was true. Her hair was done. And her makeup. And she had actual clothes on-not sweats.

"Vivienne asked me to come with her to check out some fund-raising ideas for the book club." She seemed pleased that she'd made a friend. Louanne had made some friends too. Even my dad had made a friend at work.

And moi? Not yet. Most of my friends back home had quietly slipped away as they became involved with their own activities. I'd had a couple of potential friends here at the end of the term, but one look at this do and it would be all over. With any luck, I wouldn't run into any of the populars-the Aristocats, as I called them-today.

I pulled a smart, stylish jacket over my school uniform. Too bad hats were only in for the tea-with-the-Queen set. I glanced at my hair in the hallway mirror. Worse than I'd remembered.

The walk to school was about ten minutes, and I pulled out my new schedule to review on the way there. This was term change, so it was mostly old classes and a few new ones. For one, second period was changing from health to PE. Everyone's hair would look bad after PE. Right?

First period was maths, as they say here in Britain. My archenemy on the newspaper staff, Hazelle, was in that class. So was Brian, a boy who had started out not liking me, but we'd bonded over a stick of gum. When I got to school, I slid into the seat next to him.

"How was Christmas?" he asked politely, never taking his eyes off my hair.

"I know; it's a disaster," I said. "Christmas was fine. Yours?"

"Fine," he said, not bothering to contradict me about the disastrous hair.

Hazelle walked in. "Hullo, Savvy," she said, setting down her book bag a few chairs away from mine. "New hairdo?" she asked with a snarky edge to her voice.

I bit back a few words about how her hairstyle could use any kind of shaping at all, and smiled. "Welcome back to school, Hazelle," I said sweetly. Even Mr. Thompson gave me a startled glance when he entered the room, but like any good Brit, he recovered his poker face rather quickly. I toughed it out through the class, knowing that PE was next and with it, hopefully some relief. Afterward, people would probably just assume that my hair was the result of a really dedicated, energetic workout.

I picked up my book bag and headed for the gym. I walked into the changing room. And then I saw them, all propped up against the mirrored, stainless-steel countertops like a complete set of high-society British Barbies. They'd taken up every available plug for their hair gear. Oh, great.

The Aristocats.


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Through Thick & Thin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BookLover321 More than 1 year ago
Sandra Byrd has once again out-done herself. If it's even possible the second book in her London Confidential Series, Through Thick and Thin, is better than the first. In this book we once again join fifteen-year-old Savvy Smith as she navigates through her new life in England. Things are finally beginning to look up for Savvy- she now is the super-secret writer on the schools new advice column 'Asking for Trouble', and it seems that she might be on the verge of finally having a friend. Of course, to everyone else she's still the newspaper delivery girl, and naturally Savvy still wants to see her name on the by-line of an article. So when her almost-friend Penny offers her the chance of a lifetime she grabs at it. However, things don't exactly go as planned, and soon Savvy finds herself at odds with her family and Penny as well, the consequence of her own foolish actions. I absolutely loved this book. Not only do you see Savvy once again being her very-human self and learning some new life lessons, but you really can't help but love her for being the person that she is. And although it's painful at times to see her having to learn from her mistakes, it's also encouraging to see how she reacts to her circumstances and becomes a better person for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many good caricters. My favorites are savvy and penny. All yong teens should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this was an amazing book, it was missing multiple pages. This made for a hard to follow book at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this yet (am about buy it as you read this!!!) but I have read the 1st one and am beyond super-excited for this one!!!!! Savvy is smart and actually a tad 'savvy' but she is very curious and knows what she wants. Hopefully this, along with the next 2, will be as amazing as the first one, Asking For Trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very exciting and it shows how God moves in mysterios ways. And even when it might seem like it isn't for the better, it is! 15 year old Savvy Smith is faced with an even bigger problem than she expected, and needs to leave something up to her least-favorite girl in school. It all depends on her. If this doesn't go well, it might effect her friendship. Her very first friendship at Wexburg Academy, Wexburg England. Read the book to find out more!!!
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hannah97 More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good follow up for Sandra's first book in the series. It has the same kind of glue you to your seat enchantment that the first book had. This one also finds the reader wanting to find the the next book in the series as quickly as possible.
southernsassygirl More than 1 year ago
Sandra's style of writing is at the top of the list...seriously. I love how she can take a seemingly ordinary story, add a little pinch of quirkiness, and create some of the best books I've read in a long time. Oh, and I failed to mention, ahem....London! Even though Through Thick and Thin is a young adult novel (and I've certainly passed that stage in my life), there is something here for everyone regardless of age. In this series, Savvy has to learn to navigate a whole new way of life in a foreign country and a new school to top it off. A tad daunting, right? But ya know, Savvy has got more maturity in her pinky finger than I did when I was her age. Granted, this is fiction, but it's still nice to read about a girl that has some respect for her parents, and knows how to learn from her mistakes. And uh, I'm sure it's obvious that I can't wait to read the rest of this series! If you've never checked out any of Sandra's books, the perfect one to start with would be Let Them Eat Cake for an adult novel, or book one of this series, Asking for Trouble, for a young adult novel. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
JenniferWV More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series, and it was just as good. In fact, better because I already knew the characters. It was a fast paced fun read and would be great for any teenager. I was surprised the first one didn't have much about God in it since it was published by a Christian imprint. This one had much more in it than the first one. I read this in one day and reccommend it to anyone who wants a quick fun read.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson The London Confidential series is where British fashion, friendship, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith. Savvy's dream is to write a full article in the school newspaper. She comes up with the perfect idea. A fashion show. An even if she manages to score tickets to the illusive event, can she convince her editor to give her a chance to write the article? Savvy is going to have to bend some rules and twist some arms to get things to go her way. Will putting that much strain on her friends and family be worth it? I love this series. This is book two in Sandra Byrd's London Confidential series about Seattle native, Savvy Smith, whose family moved to the suburbs of London. She has settled in at her new school and is trying very hard to make friends. Savvy is a lot of fun to read about. I enjoy experiencing high school in a different country where English isn't quite the same. These books are quick reads in a mass market paperback size. They are fun and always get you thinking about the choices you make. If you haven't read them yet, be sure to start with book one. We reviewed it here. These books are great reads for girls 12 and up.
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MAHake More than 1 year ago
Book Two in the London Confidential series continues the story of American teen Savannah Smith, whose family now lives in Wexburg, near London, England. It focuses on her work with her school newspaper, which she delivers on campus while maintaining her secret as writer of the advice column. The ordinary struggles of family life add to her conflict. She wants to be noticed and appreciated-who doesn't? Savvy makes progress in the friends department and hopes to score her own byline in the paper. She manages to get tickets to a fashion shoot at the Ashley's estate (the top Aristocat-her nickname for the rich, popular girls). Savvy continues to wrestle with making choices and being completely honest. Setbacks offer challenges, but she works to overcome her obstacles and learns valuable lessons along the way, such as how people should be themselves rather than conform just to please others. Savvy Smith seems like a typical teen, and the characters all appear quite realistic. I like the way she uses Bible verses for guidance in her writing advice and life. Even as an adult, I was challenged to follow her example. I recommend the book for girls age 10 and up.