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Asking for Trouble (London Confidential Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Byrd
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Book Description

When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn’t have the required experience, and the cute editor-in-chief is not looking to train anyone. She has to come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy.
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

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A nub of doubt rose inside me—the kind that popped up, unwelcome, anytime I tried to rationalize something that wasn’t exactly true or right. This time I swallowed it back. I lived in London now. It was time to take matters into my own hands.
When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and in a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn’t have the required experience. Can she come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy?
LONDON CONFIDENTIAL: Where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

Product Details

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V696CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have!!!!!!! April 29, 2010
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."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My girls and I just finished reading this book and found it to be charming. It captures the struggles of obstacles or what we deem to be "set backs" in our life and focuses on the positive. I love the perspective a girl whose faith is tested and gained.

In this story 15-year old Savvy is forced to move from America to London, England. She struggles with the conflicts a move of distance creates in any young person's life...the search for new friends and the feelings of lonliness for the ones left behind.

While Savvy has her heart set on working for the school newspaper, she ends of delivering them instead, but soon learns budget cuts could disolve the school newspaper. She enters a contest to write for an advice column. It is here she leans on her Christian Faith in finding the answers for her readers, as well as those in her own life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Encouraging Book for Teens! August 2, 2011
In my teen years I read lots of Sweet Valley High books. I don't think there's anything wrong with them, but I do wish I had known of books like these! I would have gotten so much more out of them, along with just having fun reading. I would have been more encouraged to read of other teen girls praying and studying their Bible. I did have encouragement in other ways, but my reading material could have been better.

Asking for Trouble is definitely geared towards teen/tween readers, but I had fun reading it, too. I don't like when authors "dumb down" their writing for young adult books. I guess I've gotten to the age where I just can't tolerate those books. Sandra does such a wonderful job of capturing the voice of a teenager without without making me feel too old! ;)

Savvy is such a lovable character! She doesn't always do the right thing immediately, but she does come through. And, I love that Sandra wrote her parents likable, too. So many times in teen books, parents just aren't what they should be.

If I had a teen/tween daughter, I wouldn't hesitate to buy these books for her! Asking for Trouble was a wonderfully sweet, encouraging book, and it's my favorite Christian Teen book I've read so far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London's Calling Again April 7, 2010
Stop that plane! I MUST go to London after reading this book! Teen anglophiles will unite after picking up these books. Seriously, I so envy Savvy and her new life. Sandra Byrd made me drool after reading her Lexi Stuart series. Now I want to talk with a British accent and have a cuppa tea with scones and Devonshire cream.

Savvy is my type of girl. Seriously I loved reading about her. Even though she's an American transplant, she doesn't act obnoxiously or try to compare everything to American stuff. While she wants to fit in, she doesn't go out of her way to get into the in crowd or become popular. She just wants to find her niche. I loved how she had to go through several trial runs before finding it and how the teachers would be relieved when she said she wasn't coming back. The newspaper story is handled very well and even though I think that advice columns are a bit passe, I liked Savvy's approach to it.

I want a Fishcoteque pub near me! First off, Savvy's mom is super cool to just let her go there after school on her own (in a new country no less). Second, the food sounds absolutely delish (I'm totally craving some fish and chips right now). Third, the place is described as being a really fun, yet safe hangout that you can go and grab great food and chill with your laptop. And it's British! What more could you possibly want? Fishcoteque is one of the best hangouts I've read in a YA book this year.

I honestly have no complaints about this book. It was really fun to read and allowed me to travel to somewhere I've always wanted to go to in my life. I really like how Savvy is mature enough to explore places on her own, yet still respects her family and gets along very well with her parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Start to a New Series April 3, 2010
Savvy Smith is a 15 year old, not only trying to adjust to a new school - she's attempting to adjust to a new country. As if switching schools wasn't hard enough, her family moved from the United States to England making it even harder to fit into her new surroundings. Friends at home seem to be forgetting her already and the emails are growing more sparse with each week that passes. Savvy must forge herself a new niche if she's going to survive this new life.

After a miserable attempt at Art Club, an explosive venture into Science Club, and a failed try at Gymnastics Club, Savvy knows her hope lies in the school newspaper. She was, after all, jockying for a top position at her old school paper, so of course she has "experience". . . right?

After fibbing about the experience she really doesn't have, Savvy finds herself the school paper delivery girl. Not thrilled about the job description, she figures it may at least be a start for the writing position she desires, and she commits to the new job. Eventually an idea dawns on her and she presents it to Jack, the good looking editor. "What about an advice column?" she asks. "One geared for teens, answered by a teen?"

Jack is dubious and doubts that Savvy can bridge the gap between her American ways and the English ways but he agrees to two trial editorials. Anonymous of course. Little does Savvy know that as she rises to the occasion, she will have to answer a question that hits a little too close to home - - should you keep someone's secret? As Savvy prays through what her answer will be she discovers that answer to her own dilemma and despite the cost to her personal goals, makes the right choice putting everything she has worked for on the line.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first thought I had after finishing this sweet little read was how good it made me feel. It’s so unpretentious and full of sincerity. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Books4Tomorrow
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Asking for Trouble"
The book taught me alright, it taught me not to move to London.(just stay there for 2years!)
It could use improvement though.
Published 18 days ago by Your mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute little story
I was expecting more pretty little liars or gossip girl, but this was about a sweet girl trying to be a good Christian. It was really sweet, and a little funny!
Published 2 months ago by Samarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Feel-Good Read
The story was touching and just a bit inspiring. Sandra Byrd has a comfortable, easy-going style to her writing, and makes for a quick read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Asking for trouble
This was a great book. I am glad that I chose it. It may even be the best book that I have read so far on my kindle. I hope that there is more books like this book.
Published 6 months ago by H. E. Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Asking for Trouble
Love this book !!! One of the best books l have ever read ! This is definitely a 5 star rating!
Published 8 months ago by Susan Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great slice of life story
This is a great book explaining the ins and outs of a regular, American, teenage girl, trying to do what she loves in a new place, London, far from her home. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alyssa
3.0 out of 5 stars passes the time...
Sandra does a great job showing how a conceited girl has to worry about her impression by being jealous, showing off, and being "friendly" to her obviously jealous/not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Olga Terlyga
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series
This series was great!! I read the first book and then let my now 13 yr old read it. She finished it in 2 days. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Asking for trouble.
I chose this book because I thought it would be about crime. But I was very wrong. My only dislike was savvy didn't meet the guy. Read more
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More About the Author

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

Please visit to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your bookclub via Skype.

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