My 14-year-old daughter is an avid reader. If she's not interesting in a story line, she won't finish the book but move onto a more engaging one. She has loved Sandra Byrd's books in the past, so when I heard about her new series, I had to get them! I bought the first two books, "Asking for Trouble" and "Through Thick & Thin" for my daughter for her birthday. She devoured them! I couldn't get her to stop reading at night and go to bed as she just couldn't wait to read what happened next. I know we'll be buying the next in the series as soon as they come out!My daughter's personal feedback is: "When I started reading the book "Asking For Trouble" I was captivated. The way Sandra wrote the book kept me wondering what was happening next. This book made me want to visit London for myself. I understood Savvy's problems and agreed with some of the characters, which kept me interested throughout it all. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is a tween/teen girl."
This book is about an American girl named Savvy, who moves with her family to England. She struggles with the many changes, but displays good character and judgment throughout the book. As she develops as a reporter and writer, she lands a column in the school newspaper. This book is perfect for the young teen who is searching for answers to life's many challenges, as Savvy applies Biblical counsel in all of her decisions. These decisions not only apply to her advice column and to her personal life, but also to the readers' real life situations.I cannot say that I'll be eagerly awaiting the remaining books in this series, but I will be excited to recommend the London Confidential series to the young teen daughters of my friends.**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of the Tyndale Blog Network book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
My teen daughter and I read this book together. Here is a joint effort review from a teen's point.Story plot: Savannah Smith better known as "Savvy" is a 15-year-old, want-a-be journalist. She and her family have just moved from America to the London area because of her father's job transfer. Savvy is trying to fit in at school and make new friends.Favorite character: was the dog, who seemed to be tormenting, torturing or provoking Savvy. The dog's name was Giggle, but Savvy always refereed to him as Growl.I liked that Savvy used scripture verses and her knowledge of the Bible when dealing with others and applied them to her own life.Something that baffled me not that it changed any thing or hurt the story just a question I had ~If the Wexburg Academy Times, which was the school's newspaper, was in such dire straights and on the rocks, why is it they distributed the school paper on Thursday morning and then picked up those that didn't get taken on Thursday afternoon? If I were on the newspaper staff I would have suggested leaving them out for the whole week since it was a weekly newspaper. Then more students would have probably have picked one up and read it.I loved this book and would recommend it to I would say 10-15 year-olds; probably girls, I don't think boys would like it. The genre more chicky-lit catagory. A copy of this book was provided by Tyndale publishers for this review.
Asking for Trouble (London Confidential) by Sandra Byrd is a light hearted book about the difficulties a teenage girl faces as she tries to fit in in a new school in a new country. In this first book in a series Savvy Smith is a 15 year old girl with a promising future on the high school news paper. She has friends, a church and a comfortable life. Her family then moves to England and Savvy finds its hard to find her place in her new school, Wexberg Academy. I loved how this light hearted story shows how a teenage girl relates to God & turns to him in her circumstances for answers. This is a great read for the teen girls in your life or if you've ever been the new kid on the block. this is a great book to add to your summer reading list.I received this book free from Tyndall House Publishers as part of their bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Sandra Byrd has a really nice, casual style of writing that captivates a teen audience. As I read this book, I enjoyed all of the subtle cultural differences that were described by an American living near London, especially since I spent the first five years of my life in New Zealand, which is similar in many ways to England. I knew right away that this book would appeal to my 12-year-old daughter, so I gave it to her to read and review. Here is what my daughter had to say about Asking for Trouble, by Sandra Byrd: When 15-year old Savannah Savvy Smith moves to enters her new school in England, there isn't any room for her. Everyone has their own group. There's the newspaper staff group, the nerd group, the popular group, the drama group...the list goes on and on. There isn't really a group for her, though, being new.One day, she sees a flier for a position in the school newspaper. This is what she has wanted all along; however, they don't think she's experienced enough. She still ends up with a newspaper job, but it's not writing by a far shot: she gets to deliver the papers.Savvy deals with all the normal aspects of being new and trying to fit in. She has to cope with giving up her old friend in the States, attempting to make new friends with some of the Aristocats, and trying to get a spot on the newspaper staff.Along the way, Savvy gets her relationship with God back together and learns valuable life lessons. While the book may be short (261 pages), it will give you a lasting impression on how God can truly help you out in life.Although Savvy obsesses a little bit about a boy she liked in the States, she never really attempts to get a date or make the guys in the new school like her, as is typical (quite unfortunately) for most girls in the teen years. Also, the book contains no swearing or violence.I would recommend this book for ages 10+.