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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: 0.3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,681 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.

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If you are looking for a light, fun read, pick up this book.
Christopher M. Crumbley
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
Readers will love laughing along with Fred as he finds out what it really means to be an American.
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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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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 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horsepeople on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Being a teenager is a time filled with uncertainties and insecurities making new situations stressful. Those feelings are clearly captured in the young adult story, Across the Pond by Storyheart. Fred is a British 15 year old who has been sent to visit his parents' friends in the US while they take a vacation. Brittany is the friends' daughter. Despite plenty of nerves and a few miscommunications due to differences in language, Brittany and Fred quickly hit it off and their feelings for each other escalate. Brittany's family introduces the American sport of baseball to Fred and he finds it is one more way to connect with Brittany, but he solidifies her trust in him by standing up for her against a bully.

Across the Pond is a quick read with romance, action and drama. The characters are likable and well developed. The author was able to capture the essence of a typical American family as seen through the eyes of a British teenager. Reading this story made me realize that many things we take for granted are unusual even to people we might consider to be like us. The new perspective was refreshing. I did find that the voice of Brittany was sometimes a little unrealistic, but it was not damaging to the story overall. I plan to recommend this book to my 12 year old niece.
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