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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp.; 1st edition (September 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436371767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436371766
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,655,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, Barry left his beloved England in 2000, moving to the USA to be with the woman he'd met and fallen in love with on the Internet. Now, Barry, his wife, and their two children live in Seymour, Connecticut. Under the name "Storyheart," Barry is better known for his short romance stories on the net and in his book Stories from the Heart. This is his first attempt at a children's novel. Popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations, Barry's whit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee.

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Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Barry, also known as "Storyheart", left his beloved England in 2000,moving to the USA to be with the woman he'd met and fallen in love with on the Internet.

Better known up to now for his short romance stories on the net and in his book "Stories from the Heart", Barry has had nothing but success with his new book "Across the Pond". "Write about what you know" they say, having moved across the pond himself Barry knows about the issues brings.

Barry is popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations,where his whit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee.


At present, Barry is living in Connecticut.

Storyheart... a smile, a joke and an English accent.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend Across the Pond to anyone looking for a light, fun read.
Gaby at Starting Fresh blog
Across the Pond by Storyheart is a wonderful book for young adults or anyone who enjoys stories about love, culture and the triumph of human spirit.
M. Brown
Sharp, humorous and sweet, this book is what young adult fiction is all about: good story, likeable characters, drama and heart-fluttering romance.
Smart Dallas Gal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Y on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dian Pitts on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
When is English not English? Why when it is American of course! Across the Pond is a charming tale of a blossoming romance between young Frederick (Fred, if you please) Squire of England and Brittany (Just Brit and no jokes about it) of America. How does a Squire become a Knight? By saving his Lady Love of course!

When Fred's parents win an Australian trip for two, Fred is given the opportunity to visit family friends in America. Family friends who happen to have a daughter Fred's age and is a real hottie! Fred and Brit are immediately attracted to each other, and Fred finds a trip he was not really looking forward could be the best thing to ever happen to him.

This is a great read for Yound Adult fiction fans. It offers all the humor, angst and innocence of one's first true love. Peppered throughout with the differences in slang used in the USA and England, it is a refreshing twist on a romance novel. I know you will enjoy it, I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GR on December 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Across the Pond" by Storyheart is a wonderful tale of youth combining all the elements of those "first" times. Young Fred Squire is our leading man, destined to protect the virtue of one special young lady....whether he knows it or not! But first, the homework assignment given to him for over the holiday (homework on a holiday...a crime indeed), must be tackled. Although a seemingly small part of the book, it does provide quite a few laughs as he discovers that words in one country do not always mean the same thing in another.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe with worry and cheer in celebration as right triumphs over wrong in this heart warming story. Recommended for young adult readers as well as those that simply love the genre! The messages within are memorable indeed and the story will stay with you long after you've crossed back to your side of the pond....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smart Dallas Gal on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
...across the pond, but it won't be his last. When the young Englishman is shipped off to the U.S. to stay with family friends while his parents vacation in Australia, Fred is in for the time of his life. The vocabulary and monetary differences are the first of his challenges ("chips" = "fries", pound = about two dollars, etc.) Throw in a cute American girl named Brittany, a few of her friends (and nasty enemies), and a sport called baseball, and the Brit has one interesting vacation in store! Sharp, humorous and sweet, this book is what young adult fiction is all about: good story, likeable characters, drama and heart-fluttering romance. And don't forget the baseball, either. Across the Pond is a homerun of a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
When Fred Squire goes on his first trip to the U.S., he thinks he knows what to expect because he's watched American T.V. Instead he's surprised at every turn by differences in language, culture & even food. He's even more surprised to fall in love with Brit, an American girl.

Fred finds he likes blueberries. He learns how to catch a baseball. Brit & Fred discover that trusting each other gives them the courage to stand up to a local bully. They learn to follow their hearts.

I enjoyed this young adult novel. It's moving, funny & at times suspenseful. The characters were engaging, & made me interested in reading the author's other work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
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.
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