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From the Back Cover

My assignment was clear. I had to find a way into that photo shoot. And then get Jack to allow me to write a feature article for the Wexburg Academy Times.
Savvy Smith, 15, sees her chance to write a full column in the paper, making her name and making her way in her new hometown near London, England. But the choices she faces when given the chance to choose between friends, family, and fame may turn her dream into a nightmare.
London Confidential: 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: London Confidential (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414325983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414325989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Sandra's new series, Daughters of Hampshire, historically sound Gothic romances, launched in 2015 with Book One: Mist of Midnight. Her book, The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, will publish October 1, 2015.

Check out her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which 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.

Sandra has published dozens of books for tweens and teens, including the best-selling, The One Year Be-Tween You and God, Devotions For Girls.

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 via novelcoaching.com

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover21 on July 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sandra Byrd has once again out-done herself. If it's even possible the second book in her London Confidential Series, Through Thick and Thin, is better than the first. In this book we once again join fifteen-year-old Savvy Smith as she navigates through her new life in England.
Things are finally beginning to look up for Savvy- she now is the super-secret writer on the schools new advice column `Asking for Trouble', and it seems that she might be on the verge of finally having a friend. Of course, to everyone else she's still the newspaper delivery girl, and naturally Savvy still wants to see her name on the by-line of an article. So when her almost-friend Penny offers her the chance of a lifetime she grabs at it. However, things don't exactly go as planned, and soon Savvy finds herself at odds with her family and Penny as well, the consequence of her own foolish actions.
I absolutely loved this book. Not only do you see Savvy once again being her very-human self and learning some new life lessons, but you really can't help but love her for being the person that she is. And although it's painful at times to see her having to learn from her mistakes, it's also encouraging to see how she reacts to her circumstances and becomes a better person for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on November 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Review by Jill Williamson

The London Confidential series is where British fashion, friendship, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

Savvy's dream is to write a full article in the school newspaper. She comes up with the perfect idea. A fashion show. An even if she manages to score tickets to the illusive event, can she convince her editor to give her a chance to write the article? Savvy is going to have to bend some rules and twist some arms to get things to go her way. Will putting that much strain on her friends and family be worth it?

I love this series. This is book two in Sandra Byrd's London Confidential series about Seattle native, Savvy Smith, whose family moved to the suburbs of London. She has settled in at her new school and is trying very hard to make friends. Savvy is a lot of fun to read about. I enjoy experiencing high school in a different country where English isn't quite the same. These books are quick reads in a mass market paperback size. They are fun and always get you thinking about the choices you make. If you haven't read them yet, be sure to start with book one. We reviewed it here. These books are great reads for girls 12 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Kassebaum on April 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
My 14-year-old daughter is an avid reader. She's always been a fan of Sandra Byrd's books so she was thrilled to recently get the first two books in the new series. She couldn't wait to read this second book after devouring the first one, "Asking for Trouble." Just like the first in the series, this book did NOT disappoint!

My daughter's personal feedback is: When I started reading the book "Through Thick & Thin," I was captivated. The way Sandra wrote the book kept me wondering what was happening next. This book was very well written and I had a lot of fun reading it. I loved everything about it. I can't wait until Sandra's 3rd and 4th book come out, which are "Don't Kiss Him Goodbye" and "Flirting with Disaster". This is one book that I would recommend to any tween/teenage girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelina on February 8, 2013
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I am obsessed!I read the first book,I just finished the second book, and now I am about to read the third! I <3 it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Strohbehn on February 6, 2013
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This book is great for middle school students, like myself. The book is really great because it has occasional cool pictures. I kept going and there was always a mystery. This book is great for reports and just fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige Millan on December 5, 2012
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Super good love it recommend it for ages 9&up read ten ch.
And u will be done before u know it!!!!

Paige millan
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I have an 11 year-old daughter that loves to read (like her mother). I remember when she was younger, I convinced myself that I would read everything that she read. Yeah, right. (make sure you read that with sarcasm). It is NOT possible. But, there are some things that I know I don't want her to read. Things that I wouldn't even read myself. I am so glad that there are some edifying things like the London Confidential series out there that are geared to her age group. I have read other adult novels by Sandra Byrd. She inserts humor and writes her characters with depths of feeling that are scarily similar to feelings I have experienced. I didn't expect any different from her new London Confidential Series for Young Adults.

Her protagonist is Savvy Smith, 15 years old, transplanted to London with her family. Savvy has to deal with culture shock, adaptation and finding her place in her new school. This is the second of the two books (so far) in the series. Savvy is presented with choices to make and the consequences (good and bad) for the decisions she made. Byrd does a great job having her character pray for wisdom and consult scripture. AND, the character isn't perfect. She makes mistakes too, just as we all do.

Of course I have to add my daughter's two cents. She devoured the books and wrote this synopsis for you!

Savvy Smith sees the perfect way to get her own full column, a chance to fit in at school. When her mother can't go shopping with her she goes into London alone, leading to serious consequences. Will she miss the photo shoot? Will Savvy ever fit in?

Make sure to read the first (Asking for Trouble) before this book. They are a serial.
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