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+.
As an aunt to several teen and tween girls, I'm always on the lookout for Christian fiction that has plausible stories with a faith element that is genuine, not forced or cheesy. Sandra Byrd's new series meets both standards, creating a fun reading experience that educates while you read!"Asking For Trouble" is the first novel in "The London Confidential" series. Savannah "Savvy" Smith and her family have relocated to London, England, leaving behind everything familiar and friendly.The entire family is have adjustment issues, but Savvy seems to be feeling it the most. Her position with the school newspaper back home went to someone else, and all of her friends are moving on without her.While not a culture shock, England is still an adjustment--some of the language leaves her befuddled and left out. When a position opens up on the school paper, Savvy jumps at the chance to do what she loves.Even if it means stretching the truth to get it?Girls of all ages will learn some rich lessons through Savvy's story, but don't worry: the book is far from preachy. Sandra truly has the perfect blend of faith and story, creating a very appealing series.I'm looking forward to reading more about Savvy and her British adventures! My thanks to Tyndale for my copy of "Asking For Trouble", and I'm giving it four out of five bookmarks, with a basket of authentic fish and chips as a charm!
I was so excited to get this book in the mail. This one was for my daughter. She loves mystery books and this one was right up her alley. She said she loved every minute of it and could not put it down!This is the first book in this series.You can read the first chapter HERE.
This was a really cute story of Savannah (Savvy) trying to find her place in not just a new school but on a new continent. Her dad has gotten a new job and it is a hard adjustment for the whole family.The story is told through Savvys POV. I like how Sandra Byrd was able to incorporate good life lessons for the readers through the things that Savvy went through and the scripture that Savvy used.The characters are pretty likeable. It was cool to see some of the words that they really would use in London. It isnt just a book with the author saying yes they are in London but Im going to go ahead and use American words. Using words that would be said in London helped with the connection. By the end of the story I really felt for Savvy and her family and wanted things to work out for them.It is a sweet story of a girl finding her way and learning what really is and is not important around her and learning to be okay with the things that she cant change. This is the first in the series and I will be picking up the rest of the series because I want to know what else is going to happen with Savvy and spot that she accepted for herself on the school newspaper.(Thanks to the publisher Tyndale for an advance copy)
It has always been a dream of mine to go to London, and with this first installment in Sandra Byrd's London Confidential series, I got to live that dream a little, or at least read the dream. Savannah "Savvy" Smith is an American girl tossed into an English high school. She longs to fit in and make some friends, so she applies for a position on the Wexburg Academy Times claiming to be "an experienced writer" when in reality, she doesn't have much experience at all. Jack, the editor, won't give a position to a new writer, but he asks if she'll deliver the papers around campus. Thinking it's better than nothing, Savvy accepts. Most of the students scoff at the paper and Savvy discreetly investigates why they aren't interested. She presents her findings to Jack and the staff discusses what to do to make the paper better. One suggestion is an advice column. But who will write the responses? Savvy enters her sample answers into the competition... and wins! But she chooses to keep her identity secret, even to the other staff members. Savvy finds her answers to the questions in Biblical wisdom. And each situation presented she has encountered or is going through it at the time. So while she answers the questions of other students, she has to apply the same lessons to her own life. A great read for girls of all ages. I look forward to the rest of the series! This book was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers.