Across The Pond

Across The Pond

by Storyheart

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ISBN-13: 9781436371766
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 07/29/2009
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

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Across The Pond 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
FroggieReviews More than 1 year ago
Across the Pond opens with Fred, the main character, flying to New York. Fred is spending time with his parent's friends, because his parents won a trip for two to Australia. On the first full day of Fred's trip, Brittany, the daughter who is Fred's age, takes him to the mall to meet her friends: Charlie, Pam, Angel. Angel immediately starts to flirt with Fred, and Brit becomes quite jealous. As Fred and Brit leave the mall, to meet her mom, they run into three boys. The boys begin to mock Brit, by calling her "Pretty Brittany" and just being jerks. One the way home, Julie, Brit's mom, helps Fred on his school project. He must list British-ism that have different meanings in America. When they arrive home, Brit confides why she doesn't like the boys. Brit and Fred quickly develop feelings for each other. Julie notices the feelings between the two and she tells Fred not to hurt her daughter. When an email from "your lover" comes into Brit's mailbox, Fred begins to doubt everything that has happened between himself and Brit. Phil gets tickets to a baseball game, so the family can show Fred "America's Pastime." At the game, Fred catches the 500th homerun ball of one of the Atlanta Braves players. Later that ball helps Fred give Brit a gift that is better than money can buy. Parting is such a sweet sorrow for them both because they know come December; they will be seeing each other again. I hope that Storyheart will write a book about Brittany's going to spend time with Fred and his family. I think it would be interesting to see how she reacts to driving on the "wrong" side of the road. I would like to read about where Fred's family takes her. This was such a sweet read. I couldn't put it down. I love how there was the difference in languages that at times made both kids wish they could have put their foot in their mouth. If you are looking for a light, clean romance, then I would definitely recommend this book. All around a great read. And I don't think that you have to be a teen to enjoy this love story. It will appeal to the young at heart.
LondonGirl1 More than 1 year ago
"Across the Pond" can be described simply as: Boy journeys across the pond. Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy journeys back across the pond. Fred Squire finds himself traveling from England to America to stay with friends of his parents, while they take a vacation. Fred is not happy that he is being essentially cast away so that his parents can enjoy a trip without him. However, Fred is in for a rude awakening once he reaches his destination in America. He meets Brittany and realizes the trip might not be so bad after all. Fred's journey will take him on an adventure of barbeques, new friends, new enemies, and a baseball game that could change his life. I do not typically read books that are geared towards younger readers or young adults, but I am very glad that I decided to try this book. It is very well written and kept me engaged to continue reading and finish it in one sitting. It is a heartwarming story of teenage life, love, and angst, as seen by characters that live in different settings. Yet, it is universal in its story, where anyone that reads it, will be able to relate to it. It did not have the quality of being a book that was "too young" for me to read and I believe it will reach readers on every level. I highly recommend this selection.
shmoore75 More than 1 year ago
There have been a number of books that have been published over the past decade that are primarily geared towards teenagers but have come to enjoy great appeal with their parents as well. I think it is wonderful when reading a common book can create conversation and a shared interest between generations. Author Storyheart, who is already an accomplished writer of online romance stories, has just published a novel about teenagers that I believe will become one of those special books that can bridge age gaps in a home. Across the pond is an innocent love story that I thoroughly enjoyed even as a mother in her thirties. A charming boy from a foreign land protects you from bullies, is adored by your friends but completely loyal to you, and meets complete parental approval? What could be better?

Storyheart left England almost a decade ago to be with the woman who would become his wife. He uses his own upbringing to bring to life Fred Squire, the main character in across the pond. Fred is sent by his parents, who do not have room for him in their travel plans to Australia, to vacation with family friends in the United States. He is initially unhappy with being cast away to spend a couple of weeks with strangers, but his attitude quickly changes when he is introduced to the teenage daughter of the house, Brittany. The author of across the pond perfectly captures the overwhelming series of emotions that only occur during that first blush of young love. Every brush that a hand makes against your crush¿s leg, the sideways glances that are given to see what your new boyfriend is doing, and the endless self-doubt over every word spoken are fundamentals of any young romance, and this book has them all. The two adolescents quickly become confidants and what then transpires is a touching, modern ¿ and refreshingly age-appropriate ¿ love story.

The author has a lot of fun throughout the novel playing up the cultural features on each side of the Atlantic. Most notable is his inclusion of Fred¿s school project, in which the British student must keep a journal of how we use different words for the same object. These shorts lists are posted throughout the book and should make for a fun point of discussion. The author also creates an entire secondary plot around the sacred American pastime of baseball. After Fred catches the ball which marked the 500th run of a star player, the media and fan chaos that ensues proves utterly confusing for the young man. These storyline components provide interesting insight into how visitors to our country may view their surroundings. Across the pond takes the tactic of introducing a charming stranger with a romantic accent and goes a step further by creating an integration of cultural awareness.

Across the pond is a new novel for young adults that celebrates the innocence and real nature of first loves. The author Storyheart shows his obvious background as a writer of romance stories and does a masterful job of adapting the genre to a juvenile audience. I believe that readers of all ages will be drawn to the characters in this book and the strength that they show through a series of emotional situations. This is the first effort by Storyheart to join the offerings of teen novels that can be found at bookstores. The compelling story will quickly separate this novel from the pack. If Storyheart chooses to publish more novels that bring back memories, he can know that I will be reading them.
PondJumper More than 1 year ago
Although this was a lovely teen romance, it also touched me as an adult. Anyone young at heart or a romantic can enjoy Across the Pond. It was cute to see the difference in the languages, such as candy floss and loos. The story was light and fun to follow. The characters were charming.
I felt Fred's embarrassment when he felt like an animal in a zoo. Even adults feel like they are in an uncomfortable spotlight at times.
I think the typical teenage girl can relate to Brittany's experiences with Fred and with the boy who caused her and her friends so much trouble.
Across the Pond can help parents close gaps with their young teen girls and help guide them as to their own reactions and communication to similar situations with boys.
This book was written in a clean fashion so that even Christian parents should be able to feel safe with allowing their girls to read the story. It is one that I can feel comfortable recommending to any of my friends or their teens of any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking it was just a childrens book , I was so surprised to find I enjoyed it very much . Across the pond..... Had everything in it from adventure to friendship to fighting for what is right . It also has a love interest , It was all done in with great wit and taste ...
As an English woman living in America I found I smiled so much at the differences between the English and American names for the same things , Remembering how it felt arriving here and trying to a just to the differences ....
This book will appeal to everyone of all ages ,I think there is something in this book, Like all good books ,you will take away with you after reading it .
Thankyou Barry I enjoyed it so much from the first page to the last ....
Tricia (Tennessee)
whitreidtan on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Almost fifteen year old Fred's parents are heading for a vacation in Australia which means that they are packing him off to the US to stay with family friends. This doesn't thrill him until he meets Brit, Phil and Julie's daughter, and falls head over heels for her. As the days in the US pass, Fred meets Brit's friends, hears about a very troubling situation that Brit has kept from her parents, fights a bully, catches a special homerun ball at a Braves game, and becomes a true knight in shining armor.The romance happens quickly with both Fred and Brit jumping in and committing their whole hearts much faster than any sane and cautious person would. But they are teenagers so although I remain a bit skeptical, it works. Fred's school project is equal parts fun and disruptive to the story. Seeing the word differences between the two countries sperated by a common language (George Bernard Shaw) can be entertaining but it sometimes gets a bit old. After the initial explanation, I found it distracting although since I read a lot of British literature, I am already familiar with most of the terms and their counterparts which may not be the case for everyone.There was a lot going on in the book that wasn't as deeply developed and complex as I would have liked. The conflicts were fairly easily resolved. Fred was a bit too good to be believed. A few flaws wouldn't have gone amiss in his character development. Phil and Julie were perfect television parents: always understanding and wise. And there needed to be a closer editing. When I came to chapter 13 I went back and re-read chapter 12, confused by the repetition and Groundhog Day like repeat. The nitpicker in me would also like to point out that the American anthem, which Fred finds himself humming along to at the baseball game, is called The Star-Spangled Banner, not God Bless America.Aimed at the YA audience, this might be better for young tweens than teens although the issue of inappropriate and unwanted touching makes that a tougher call. As I am in my dotage, I am clearly not the target audience but my daughter might be and I will probably pass it along to her if she's interested. Overall, I didn't love it and found some problems with it but it was sweet enough and it would probably appeal more to those for whom it was written.
tldittmer04 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a great comming-of-age story. It's sweet, funny and charming. I loved the story and the characters. I'll be sure to keep this book for my son to read when he is older.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Left with limited option while his parents took a vacation to Australia, Frederick (Fred) Squire decided to vacation in the United States with his parents friends. Not knowing what to expect Fred started his list (for a school project) right away he found that England and America both spoke English, but sometimes the differences could be embarrassing or it could get you in trouble. With the help of Phil, Julie and their daughter Brittany (Brit), he learned many new words and alternate meanings of some common words. Phil and Julie helped Fred be part of the family, meeting Brits friends helped him feel comfortable in a foreign land, hearing about her enemies made him have a purpose, finding a connection with Brit gave him a chance to feel like Sir Lancelot. The whole vacation was wrapped around Fred¿s visit with some fun outings scheduled for the whole family.A short, sweet and innocent sort of romance (just kissing) between Fred and Brit. Sort of skipped some of the `getting to know each other¿ stuff. Felt rushed from arrival to big event, to the next big event, would have liked more detail at each of those events. More of the fun at the barbeque, or at the baseball game, even more of the interaction with Brits friends at the Mall. The baseball thing was a great way to really bring out more of the differences between England and America. While I don¿t like the idea of Fred fighting and Brit not being honest with her parents (coming from a parents point of view here), I am encouraged by her telling someone she trusted and that he was someone who wanted to protect the girls, do the right thing even if it could have been handled differently (kind of a moral to the story type of a thing). These are good characters that I would have enjoyed getting to know better, but for a pre-teen or early teen type of book it doesn¿t get bogged down with a bunch of unimportant information which could be good. Everything is important to those of this age and this book reflects that. Really enjoyed the ending (no spoilers here), it is a little predictable (got to know Fred well enough for that) but still makes a good point. It is left open for more, Fred¿s return to America or Brit venturing to England, a good adventure for the pair would be nice to see.
GirlwiththeBraids on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Going to Australia for vacation is more than just a dream. If you get to go for free, it's just plain lucky! Unfortunately, the prize was only two tickets so while Fred Squire's parents are living it up, he is stuck to visit old friends in the States. While a British accent and using the word `love¿ in normal conversation isn¿t unusual where he lives, the girls in the United States can¿t get enough of it! Falling in love with the American sport of baseball and the daughter of his dad¿s friend at the same time can be tiring, but Fred doesn¿t want to leave. How could two fourteen-year-olds stay in love if one of them has to go back across the pond?This book was very predictable: boy falls for girl, boy must save girl from bully, and all put into a drama that just didn¿t fit. The author sped through the scenes and left a bunch of space empty. The romance grew too quickly for me to imagine them actually being in love. In fact, it seemed like it was still in it¿s first revision. I understand there would be a confusion over the slang words (being from different countries) but having Fred realize that on every page was too much. Fred was one-dimensional and couldn¿t see past what was right in front of him. It was all inside-the-box. I wanted a more complete ending and wished I could enjoy at least one of the characters. But I wasn¿t able to. They didn¿t have any depth and the dialogue was the only part I truly liked about this book.
bookaddict33 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Across the PondFifteen year-old Fred Squire is disappointed about being sent to the United States to stay with friends of his parents, Phil and Julie, over his vacation instead of going with his parents to Australia. However, when he gets to the airport, he gets nervous about meeting Phil and Julie and especially about their 15-year-old daughter, Brit. His worries are laid aside when he meets them, though. Fred immediately begins falling for Brit. He starts to think this trip might not be so bad after all.Fred¿s trip to the United States isn¿t just about relaxing, though. He has a school project to work on. His school project consists of learning about a different culture and comparing it to his own. Throughout the book, Fred jots down differences in language that he comes across and makes a few notes about other differences he finds, like the fact that trainers (sneakers) cost less in the United States. He learns some new words as well as some old words that have new meanings, which lead to some embarrassing moments for both Fred and Brit. Fred learns about the differences in the two cultures by attending a barbeque, learning about baseball, and touring Boston. Fred also falls in love with Brit, meets her friends, has a run-in with the local bully, and going to a very important baseball game.The whole different culture, different language thing was extremely interesting. I¿ve read books where an American goes to a different country, but this is the first book I¿ve read where the ¿foreign culture¿ was my own. It was fun seeing the United States through the eyes of a foreigner. Across the Pond is a fun story about a boy¿s first love. Like most teenagers, Fred is worried about fitting in and being accepted. He is baffled by the inner-workings of the female mind. He is an all-around nice guy who falls in love with Brit, who is a girl-next-door type of girl. The characters are all down-to-earth and realistic. They deal with typical teenage problems: love, bullies, and fitting in. Making it a great story for teens with characters and situations they can relate to.
chris227 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Across the Pond is a story of an English boy who travels to America for a week while his parents vacation in Australia. While in America, Fred stays with friends of his parents and their daughter. Over the week of his stay Fred finds himself falling in love, along with multiple other adventures. The story is totally unbelievable. These teenagers fall into a trusting relationship in a matter of hours and Fred manages to fix a plaguing problem in his week stay. The characters and the conversations that take place are a little annoying. Cute but not mush else.
FroggieReviews on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Across the Pond opens with Fred, the main character, flying to New York. Fred is spending time with his parent¿s friends, because his parents won a trip for two to Australia. On the first full day of Fred¿s trip, Brittany, the daughter who is Fred¿s age, takes him to the mall to meet her friends: Charlie, Pam, Angel. Angel immediately starts to flirt with Fred, and Brit becomes quite jealous. As Fred and Brit leave the mall, to meet her mom, they run into three boys. The boys begin to mock Brit, by calling her ¿Pretty Brittany¿ and just being jerks. One the way home, Julie, Brit¿s mom, helps Fred on his school project. He must list British-ism that have different meanings in America. When they arrive home, Brit confides why she doesn¿t like the boys. Brit and Fred quickly develop feelings for each other. Julie notices the feelings between the two and she tells Fred not to hurt her daughter. When an email from ¿your lover¿ comes into Brit¿s mailbox, Fred begins to doubt everything that has happened between himself and Brit. Phil gets tickets to a baseball game, so the family can show Fred ¿America¿s Pastime.¿ At the game, Fred catches the 500th homerun ball of one of the Atlanta Braves players. Later that ball helps Fred give Brit a gift that is better than money can buy. Parting is such a sweet sorrow for them both because they know come December; they will be seeing each other again.I hope that Storyheart will write a book about Brittany¿s going to spend time with Fred and his family. I think it would be interesting to see how she reacts to driving on the ¿wrong¿ side of the road. I would like to read about where Fred¿s family takes her.This was such a sweet read. I couldn¿t put it down. I love how there was the difference in languages that at times made both kids wish they could have put their foot in their mouth. If you are looking for a light, clean romance, then I would definitely recommend this book. All around a great read. And I don¿t think that you have to be a teen to enjoy this love story. It will appeal to the young at heart.
bje1702 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This book was fun to read, it covers so many items from romance to humor, to adventure even a little sport.It's a great read for the young and the young at heart.I have given out several copies as gifts and everybody who has read the book has enjoyed it.Highly Recommended
TMS69 More than 1 year ago
This is a very quick book.
LJH97 More than 1 year ago
"Across the Pond" by Storyheart is a very sweet love story about two kids from very different worlds. Brittany grew up in America while Frederick grew up in England. When these two are brought together for a few weeks, young love begins to blossom. This is a very sweet young romance story. The book is geared toward the teen or pre teen age group, but is a fun light read for any age group. If you are in the mood for a cute love story, then pick up a copy today.
Roger-Y More than 1 year ago
This book was written for and about teenagers. I found it to be very enjoyable to read. The main characters are Fred - a boy from England sent on vacation to visit friends of his parents and Brittney "Brit" the daughter of the family where he is staying for the vacation. The two run into typical problems of boy meets girl and all the confusion of new found friendship/love. They have many ups and downs and misunderstandings during the week's vacation. In addition, to complicate things, there are differences in the meaning of words used in England verses the United States and problems with a bully thrown in to spice up the mixture. They share numerous adventures together and with friends during the short time but love conquers all and it looks like they will continue to and be friends and possibly more after Fred returns to England. There is defiantly room for follow on stories about these two young people. I would recommend "Across the Pond" By Storyheart as an easy reading fun book for young people of all ages.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Going to Australia for vacation is more than just a dream. If you get to go for free, it's just plain lucky! Unfortunately, the prize was only two tickets so while Fred Squire's parents are living it up, he is stuck to visit old friends in the States. While a British accent and using the word 'love' in normal conversation isn't unusual where he lives, the girls in the United States can't get enough of it! Falling in love with the American sport of baseball and the daughter of his dad's friend at the same time can be tiring, but Fred doesn't want to leave. How could two fourteen-year-olds stay in love if one of them has to go back across the pond? This book was very predictable: boy falls for girl, boy must save girl from bully, and all put into a drama that just didn't fit. The author sped through the scenes and left a bunch of space empty. The romance grew too quickly for me to imagine them actually being in love. In fact, it seemed like it was still in it's first revision. I understand there would be a confusion over the slang words (being from different countries) but having Fred realize that on every page was too much. Fred was one-dimensional and couldn't see past what was right in front of him. It was all inside-the-box. I wanted a more complete ending and wished I could enjoy at least one of the characters. But I wasn't able to. They didn't have any depth and the dialogue was the only part I truly liked about this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
ACROSS THE POND brings us the story of Englander Fred, who goes on vacation to the United States, where he stays with a family friend. This family has a daugther, Brit, who becomes quite attached to Fred, and vice versa. However, when Fred learns something about Brit's past that she hasn't told anyone else, he decides that he has to do right by her and make sure the offender learns his lesson. During his stay in the U.S., Fred works on a project that focuses on the differences in the English language, which you find throughout the book. This is a short, entertaining read. I liked Fred's character for the most part and enjoyed the mishaps he found himself in due to the language "barriers." His project was fun and I really liked seeing the various words and their meanings between the U.S. and England. It was exciting to see that I knew most of them, as well!! However, I did have a slight problem with Brit. She's overly-emotional, and I felt that their relationship happened really fast. I like romance in books, and it worked okay for this story, but Fred's trip didn't seem long enough to fall that deeply "in love" with Brit. But I'm sure it's happened and I know teens often have quick, fast relationships, so it's not a really big problem...just a thought I had at points in the story.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
This was the first YA book I've come across that I felt was a little too young for my tastes. I think that this book is geared more for pre-teens rather than the usual Young Adult market. That being said, I felt that it was a sweet, charming story. One of the reasons that I felt the story was intended for a younger audience is that the characters were written with such broad stokes. Brit constantly had tears in her eyes, both of her parents kept laughing so hard that they had tears running down their faces, and there were several stern looks and glares being thrown around. Never really felt that any of the characters were fully realized. Also hit a little hiccup with chapters twelve and thirteen being different versions of the same thing. Think that Storyheart did a revision that wasn't caught. Oops. But if you're looking for a simple, sweet teenage love story, I think this would be a good choice. Nothing heavier than some kissing, and Fred lives up his title of Brit's English Knight. Was simply a sweet, charming tale of young love
Freelancebyu More than 1 year ago
Across The Pond Thanks to Harry Potter and other popular books, there appears to be much interest in England these days. This is book is targeted towards a young adult or teen, but as a 47 year old adult I appreciated the Light & Easy read. This is a romance and travel adventure of a teen boy that comes "across the pond" from England to America for an eye opening adventure. His parents have won a trip to Australia and send their son to stay with their American friends. As luck would have it the main character of this story, Fred, meets a young lady, a bully and an all American baseball hero on his short visit. It is a feel good story where everyone that is good makes out well and the bad guys lose! This is a book that I would readily recommend for all tweens, preteens and early teens. I believe that it will appeal equally to boys as it would girls, even though it is labeled "romance" it is a well rounded story complete with school yard brawls and sports too! One of the best features of the book , that was of most interest to me was the cultural comparisons. The main character wants a video game console and in order to get that he has to complete a notebook with words that are different or objects that have different titles in each of the countries. This is humorous and informative and the main reason my own 13 year old step-daughter wants to read it! I am sure there will be a sequel to this story as the ending had a few possibilities, that hinted at "more to come." The main character, Fred, is a great guy for young ones to relate too, he has a lot of fortitude and great character for a young man which is rare in today's society. An example is set in this story for other youngsters without being "preachy." Story Heart spins a good yarn and this book is no exception. I believe that everyone will enjoy it and it could quite possibly be made into a movie or TV special! Disney or Hallmark either one would like the components of it! Remember you read it here first! -- @-->>--
bookaddict33 More than 1 year ago
Fifteen year-old Fred Squire is disappointed about being sent to the United States to stay with friends of his parents, Phil and Julie, over his vacation instead of going with his parents to Australia. However, when he gets to the airport, he gets nervous about meeting Phil and Julie and especially about their 15-year-old daughter, Brit. His worries are laid aside when he meets them, though. Fred immediately begins falling for Brit. He starts to think this trip might not be so bad after all. Fred's trip to the United States isn't just about relaxing, though. He has a school project to work on. His school project consists of learning about a different culture and comparing it to his own. Throughout the book, Fred jots down differences in language that he comes across and makes a few notes about other differences he finds, like the fact that trainers (sneakers) cost less in the United States. He learns some new words as well as some old words that have new meanings, which lead to some embarrassing moments for both Fred and Brit. Fred learns about the differences in the two cultures by attending a barbeque, learning about baseball, and touring Boston. Fred also falls in love with Brit, meets her friends, has a run-in with the local bully, and going to a very important baseball game. The whole different culture, different language thing was extremely interesting. I've read books where an American goes to a different country, but this is the first book I've read where the "foreign culture" was my own. It was fun seeing the United States through the eyes of a foreigner. Across the Pond is a fun story about a boy's first love. Like most teenagers, Fred is worried about fitting in and being accepted. He is baffled by the inner-workings of the female mind. He is an all-around nice guy who falls in love with Brit, who is a girl-next-door type of girl. The characters are all down-to-earth and realistic. They deal with typical teenage problems: love, bullies, and fitting in. Making it a great story for teens with characters and situations they can relate to.
onyx9 More than 1 year ago
Left with limited option while his parents took a vacation to Australia, Frederick (Fred) Squire decided to vacation in the United States with his parents friends. Not knowing what to expect Fred started his list (for a school project) right away he found that England and America both spoke English, but sometimes the differences could be embarrassing or it could get you in trouble. With the help of Phil, Julie and their daughter Brittany (Brit), he learned many new words and alternate meanings of some common words. Phil and Julie helped Fred be part of the family, meeting Brits friends helped him feel comfortable in a foreign land, hearing about her enemies made him have a purpose, finding a connection with Brit gave him a chance to feel like Sir Lancelot. The whole vacation was wrapped around Fred's visit with some fun outings scheduled for the whole family. A short, sweet and innocent sort of romance (just kissing) between Fred and Brit. Sort of skipped some of the `getting to know each other' stuff. Felt rushed from arrival to big event, to the next big event, would have liked more detail at each of those events. More of the fun at the barbeque, or at the baseball game, even more of the interaction with Brits friends at the Mall. The baseball thing was a great way to really bring out more of the differences between England and America. While I don't like the idea of Fred fighting and Brit not being honest with her parents (coming from a parents point of view here), I am encouraged by her telling someone she trusted and that he was someone who wanted to protect the girls, do the right thing even if it could have been handled differently (kind of a moral to the story type of a thing). These are good characters that I would have enjoyed getting to know better, but for a pre-teen or early teen type of book it doesn't get bogged down with a bunch of unimportant information which could be good. Everything is important to those of this age and this book reflects that. Really enjoyed the ending (no spoilers here), it is a little predictable (got to know Fred well enough for that) but still makes a good point. It is left open for more, Fred's return to America or Brit venturing to England, a good adventure for the pair would be nice to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hen almost fifteen-year-old, English born Fred Squire¿s parents win a trip to Australia, Fred finds himself packed off to visit family friends in the United States. Even worse, he¿s given a boring language project to complete.

But then he meets Brittany.

Fred soon finds himself struggling, not only with his growing feelings for Brit, but also with the language differences. A state confusion, that increases when he meets Brit¿s flirtatious friend, Angel.

Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred´s world is turned upside down.

Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a ball worth thousands of dollars at a baseball game. Further angry run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and being chased through a Boston mall all add to the thrill of Fred´s American adventure.

A final fight between Fred and Harris, leads Brit to at last reveal her painful secret to her parents.

Brit and her Brit", know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return back "Across the Pond" to England.

However, not before some final twists in the tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make a gift. Not just for the teen market but for everybody. It provides romance, adventure, humor and a sporting touch. Also explains many differences between the two sides of the Atlantic


Story:

A foreign country, a young romance, and a baseball worth thousands of dollars.

These are some of the challenges that face almost fifteen-year-old, English born Fred Squire. When his parents win a trip to Australia, Fred finds himself packed off to visit family friends in the United States. Even worse, he¿s given a boring language project to complete.

But then he meets Brittany.
Fred soon finds himself struggling, not only with his growing feelings for Brit, but also with the language differences. A state confusion, that increases when he meets Brit¿s flirtatious friend, Angel.

Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood letch, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred's world is turned upside down.

Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune at a New York Met¿s game. Further angry run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and being chased through a Boston mall all add to the thrill of Fred's American adventure.

A final fight between Fred and Harris, which Fred wins, causes Brit to at last reveal her painful secret to her parents. Later, a visit from an Atlanta Braves representative enables Fred to make a decision about the future of the special baseball he¿d caught.

¿Brit and her Brit¿, know that their young love will soon be followed by heartache as Fred shortly has to leave for England. First though Fred arranges several surprises, including having Brit meet her ultimate baseball idol.

An final unexpected gift eases the parting of the couple, Fred knowing he will soon be able to make a return visit "across the pond¿ to be with the girl he loves.