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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: mix
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442466537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442466531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Just Add Magic, Lost in London, Lucky Me, Lost in Paris, and Lost in Rome, all with Aladdin M!X. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Lost in London

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The flyer in my hand said it was a one-week student program in London—as in the most exciting city in Europe. I needed something exciting, anything other than what was called “my life.”

Everybody has a “thing.” Some people are good at sports, or music, or are popular, or are at the bottom of the social ladder.

Except me. I didn’t have a thing. Translation? I was a positively ordinary thirteen-year-old girl who led a boring life. Consider my life’s report card:

• I lived in a regular old town without a palm tree, igloo, or palace (Wilmington, Delaware) = blah.

• I didn’t do any sports or clubs = yawn.

• I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, ride my bike without a helmet, go to R movies, or attend boy-girl dances = lame.

• I lived next door to my school, where my dad worked = annoying.

• Worst of all, I’d never done anything exciting. When I explained this to my parents, they brought up my trip with the Girl Scouts last year. I didn’t think that should count, because it was only two nights and my mom was there. It was totally Dullsville. (I dropped out of Girl Scouts right after.)

This school-sponsored trip was like a miracle opportunity sent directly to me, Jordan Jacoby. What could be more exciting than London? (Paris, possibly, but that doesn’t matter right now.) I wanted to go to London to become worldly by traveling around that amazing city and soaking in its history and culture.

There was just one problem. Kind of a biggie. My parents.

I studied the London program information on my short walk home from school—across the football field, through a gate, along a short path, and onto the sidewalk that led to my house. My dad was a little ways behind me, walking home too.

Let me give you some advice if your parents ever consider working at your school:

Talk them out of it.

Sabotage the interview.

Recruit someone else for the job.

Do whatever it takes for them to work anywhere other than at your school. Seriously, anywhere. And if they somehow manage to get the job, beg them to change their name and pretend they don’t know you.

I love my dad, but walking to and from school with him every day, and seeing him lurk in the hallways, sucked any possible element of fun from my middle-school existence. I couldn’t so much as draw on my sneaker with a permanent marker, or talk to a boy, without getting “the look.” The you-and-I-both-know-you-shouldn’t-be-doing-that look.

Ah, London.

I wanted this trip.

“What are you reading?” Dad walked faster to catch up with me.

“About the school-sponsored trip to London this year. I really, really want to go.”

He immediately harrumphed, but I didn’t let that stop me. This was going to take persistence. And I could be seriously persistent.

The conversation about the trip went on all afternoon and into dinner. “There has got to be more to the world than Wilmington, Delaware. I’ve never done anything or gone anywhere.”

“Now, that’s just not true,” Mom said. “You went away overnight to Girl Scout camp. Remember that?”

Oh, yeah. Did I ever.

I tried: “Oh, come on. You never let me do anything fun. And it’s only five days.”

Then I went to: “We live in an American-centric society. Isn’t it important for me to broaden my horizons?” (I’d gotten that from the flyer.)

I added: “I have the assignment all planned out. It’s going to be a photo montage of sights with narration. I promise I’ll get an A, or maybe an A-minus, on it and I’ll weed all summer long to pay you back for the trip.”

Finally I went with: “It will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life!”

My mom talked about me staying with an old friend of hers who had a stepdaughter about my age. This made me think she was seriously considering it. Then she started talking about the dangers of a foreign city—drugs, kidnapping—and the cost of the trip. It wasn’t looking good.

Then—I don’t know what happened exactly—but at that moment, on Marsh Road in Wilmington, Delaware, a miracle occurred. They said YES!

I was going to embark on a journey called the De-bored-ification of Jordan Jacoby.

Only, I had no idea how de-bored-ified my life was about to become.

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I loved reading this book!It was one of those books that makes you laugh.
Annie
My 10-year old daughter loved the author's earlier book, "Just Add Magic", so she had high expectations for "Lost in London."
Kelli from CT
I would definitely recommend it to any girl my age looking for a fun, entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli from CT on October 15, 2013
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My 10-year old daughter loved the author's earlier book, "Just Add Magic", so she had high expectations for "Lost in London." And it far exceeded them! She couldn't put the book down. She really connected with the characters and loved the London locale. The author has a great sense of humor and really connects with her audience. I highly recommend both books for tween girls!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KB on October 15, 2013
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What a delightful book! The characters are people you would like to have for friends, or at least classmates. The setting is just unfamiliar enough to give it a feeling of adventure. I laughed my way through it and felt warm and cozy when I finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Lynn on October 17, 2013
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Jordan has wanted to go to London for a long time using an exchange program she finally gets to do so.
In this story it's about all Jordan and her friends from London and her moms friend, that lives in London, daughter. When Jordan goes to London she meets Caroline and her soon to be friends, Sam, Gordo, and Ellie. While in London she gets locked in Daphne's store that has everything in it from food to clothes she didn't know what to do until she found out Caroline is stuck with her and since the security cameras aren't on they run around the stores and try everything. Later in the story they find out that this guy named Sebastian is trying to get them into trouble by blackmailing them into doing his homework. Whenever they don't listen to him he posts a video of the girls running around after the mall closes. After that they find out that there was things stolen from Daphne's the night that they were there and since Sebastian put the video out there thinking it was Jordan and Caroline. They're calling them the Daphne's duo. My favorite part of this story would have to be when Jordan and Caroline get locked in Daphne's because of how they are free to do everything that they want when they're in each store. My favorite part of this place in the story would have to be when they go into the dress shop and try on the dresses then go to the trampoline store and jump around while wearing dresses and how they bounce on the trampoline. I also like how Caroline acts when she's just with Jordan in Daphne's instead of trying to be the best person in her group. There is another part of this story I really like and that is when they prank Caroline by pretending to get "taken" after they go to in the boat and when Caroline comes out how she freaks out because she thinks her friends are gone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on October 16, 2013
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LOST IN LONDON is the story of Jordan Jacoby, a perfectly normal twelve-year-old girl. When she gets a chance to study abroad for a week in London, she knows it is her chance to do something out of the ordinary. Soon she and Caroline, the daughter of her hostess, are out and about. But this might not be the trip she expected!

I thought LOST IN LONDON was super cute and pretty fun. There's an excellent sense of place - not just the places visited, but the slang and food all reminded me of my trips to London. (I even thought there was a Cornetto on the cover, until I noticed the straw. Just a shake.) There's also good use of technology. J.J. and her new friends are constantly taking photos and videos with their cells, which sometimes causes trouble.

There are a couple of expected plots, and a few that were more surprising. J.J. and Caroline have trouble getting along at first, of course. Caroline is a bit hot and cold. Caroline's friends are more accommodating, but their classmate Sebastian is causing trouble for everyone. I liked that J.J. and Sam, one of Caroline's guy friends, had a bit of a flirtation but that the romance angle wasn't really played up. And the fact that their relationship revolved around a shared love of eating was adorable.

Less expected was the plotline where J.J. and Caroline accidentally implicate themselves in a massive heist. They've got to dodge the police since they're afraid they can't prove they're innocent. (Oh to be twelve and think the police would actually believe you're a master thief.) It's a plotline that relies quite a bit on coincidence, but who cares when it's hilarious?

The book also works because the characters are wonderful. J.J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margie on October 19, 2013
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This is a cute, quick read. I will definitely be putting it on my granddaughter Emma's shelf. It is a great pleasure to read, review, and save books for her.

This is every young girls dream - to be locked in a department store.

This may not be a realistic book, but it is very cute and one I would recommend to parents looking for something to keep their girls reading.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Work In Progress on October 17, 2013
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I bought this book as a gift (and of course read it first) because the last C. Callaghan book I ordered (Just Add Magic) was a huge hit with the 11-year-old who received it. It's a great premise - tweens trapped in a department store -- and the fact that it happens in London quadruples the fun factor. If you want your girl to get lost in a book, Lost in London is a great one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Preston on October 16, 2013
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This is a fun-filled book that makes you want to be there too. The characters keep their awesome personalities all throughout the story and the plot is so action packed it should definitely keep going. "Lost in London" is funny, mysterious, and takes you on a vacation to London that turns into a desired journey with animated friends.
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Cindy Callaghan grew up in New Jersey and attended college at the University of Southern California before earning her BA in English and French, and MBA from the University of Delaware.

She is the author of three tween novels all published by Simon & Schuster, JUST ADD MAGIC (2010), LOST IN LONDON (2013) and LUCKY ME (2014). The ebook JUST ADD A FAMOUS TV CHEF is available for download from www.cindycallaghan.com.

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