Westminster Abby (S.A.S.S. Series)

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Abby has always considered herself to be a little vanilla—sweet,plain, but not very exciting. So when she finds herself flying across the ocean to London, trying to forget her problems with her cheating ex-boyfriend and her overprotective parents, she figures her semester abroad is her chance to become one big hot fudge sundae. And she isn't disappointed. London boasts a plethora of funky pubs and shops, drivers on the wrong side of the street, French fries called chips, and a very charming Brit named Ian. As ...

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Abby has always considered herself to be a little vanilla—sweet,plain, but not very exciting. So when she finds herself flying across the ocean to London, trying to forget her problems with her cheating ex-boyfriend and her overprotective parents, she figures her semester abroad is her chance to become one big hot fudge sundae. And she isn't disappointed. London boasts a plethora of funky pubs and shops, drivers on the wrong side of the street, French fries called chips, and a very charming Brit named Ian. As Abby moves closer to the vision of her wild child self, she realizes that sometimes leaving what you know best actually brings you closer to what you best know—yourself. This S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) novel is one of the first two in our new study abroad fiction series. Teen girls will latch onto these books as they're enmeshed in the lives of characters just like themselves, who are experiencing new cultures, new friendships, and new worlds through study abroad!

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Abby Capshaw's application to the Students Across the Seven Seas Study Abroad Program has been accepted. She has mixed emotions as she heads to London. She sees herself as vanilla ice cream; sweet, plain, and not very exciting. Never one to be a risk taker, this trip is stretching her limits. This may be the perfect opportunity to assert her independence from her over-controlling parents, escape a disastrous break-up with her boyfriend, and become one big hot fudge sundae! Upon arriving in London, Abby determines to do things she wouldn't ordinarily do. She introduces herself to a green-haired girl. She commits lies of omission to avoid conflicts with her parents. And she ventures into a new relationship, even though she's not looking for one. I enjoyed watching the relationships unfold in this book. Middle and high school girls will relate to the issues of friendship and dating. Readers will enjoy realistic characters interacting with peers in a foreign country. This is the first book in a series that focuses on adventures of teen-age girls studying abroad. 2005, Penguin Group, 168 pp., Ages young adult.
—Vicki Sherbert
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Gr 6 Up-After Abby's controlling parents learn that their normally honest, obedient daughter has lied to them about a boy, they punish her by sending her to study in London over the summer. There the organized, studious, and "terminally boring" 16-year-old learns to be a little more daring and to trust her own judgment. Readers will get the vicarious thrill of being in London with Abby-seeing the sights, making friends, and dealing with a surprise visit from James, the cause of her stay in England. Having gained the affection of two boys, Abby decides finally to favor neither one and to take time to learn more about herself and what she wants from life. Slight in conflict, this book will appeal to teens, and perhaps especially those whose lives are similarly sheltered and somewhat economically privileged.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417677283
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: S.A.S.S. Series
  • Pages: 169
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Micol Ostow is an editor, writer, and complete Anglophile living and working in New York City. She can do a mean British accent—but only if you ask nicely. Questions, comments, and all manner of praise can be directed to: micolz@aol.com

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The whole place just seemed so . . . British.

There was no other word for it. It wasn’t exotic in the way that she imagined the Far East would be. It wasn’t idyllic like a Caribbean island. In fact, it was just as dank and gray as she’d been promised. And yet, expansive, colorless, and understated as London seemed, it was, to Abby, completely alive. She was living her Let’s Go. Or Fodor’s. Either way, it was cool as all hell. She half expected a Beefeater to come marching by.

“Are you ready, then?” Zoe slid down off of the lion and gave a final shake of her butt toward the pigeons, who responded by exploding into a frenzy of flapping wings.

“Yeah, um, will you just take my picture? In front of the lions?” Abby asked, handing her digital camera over. “You just have to press that button.”

“Sure thing, sister. Closer to the right. Not that close,” Zoe commanded, waving. “Cool. I want to get some pigeons into the frame.”

“You scared them all away with your disco trip,” Abby pointed out.

“Well, sure, if you’re going to be all nitpicky about it. Okay, this is it. You look bee-yoo-ti-ful. Smile.”

She put the camera down and placed her hand on her hip in frustration. “Excuse me, but do you have some form of clinical depression? Seasonal Affective Disorder, or something? Because where I come from, that’s not a smile, that’s indigestion.”

Abby burst out laughing.

“Yes, much better.” Zoe raised the camera again. “Now say . . .” A smile of her own spreading across her face. “Say ‘Westminster’ Abby!”

“Westminster Abby!”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    This book was good

    I believe that this book was very good, but in comparison to the later books in the S.A.S.S. series could have used some work. I read most of this series and they all seem to have the same composicion, girl goes to foreign country, finds a guy she realy likes, finds some friends that happen to be in the same dorm or close to them, guy likes her too, then she ends up having to leave the guy and friends behind. Some of the books have something more 'The sound of Munich' where there is a search for something beyond romance, good food and culture it seemed like this was the book that set the standards for the other books, gave them the same recipe for a good, but not great book. I would not entirely recomend it, unless you are reading the rest of the S.A.S.S. series, Where then you can see how the different stories compare to each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    one of my favorite books

    this book was soooo good. i liked it a lot. i love how she puts it in different counrties and the love scenarios. It's definitly a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

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    I didnt't like this book at all but I had to give a stinking star

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Westmester Abby

    read read read very good it was the 1st students across the ocean book I read its really good and was really easy to read great teenage book try it its really good you wont be sorry!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    GREAT BOOK

    I have read almost all of the S.A.S.S. books and I liked this one. I still have some other favorites from the collection (listed below) that I thought were more interesting but I still enjoyed this book. I am very excited 2 read the upcoming book, girl overboard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Good

    I thought this book was really good! I love the fact that it is set in a different country. I would recommend it to anybody who dreams of traveling.

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