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Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Just Add MagicLost in LondonLost in ParisLost in Rome, and Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me) 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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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is well written, captures imagination regarding wish fulfillment, and may encourage some envy and embracing of unreality. Given the targeted age of readers, no voluntary suspension of disbelief is required; the young reader may not have enough life experience to realize the absurdity of the storyline. The protagonists are privileged youngsters. The storyline focuses on their first world "problems" -- including absurd circumstances encountered through parental lassitude, their lying to parents, their breaking of rules facilitating their travel around London, indulgent parents, parents' credit accounts, and the youngsters' penchants for sweets and shopping. The book is predicated on a U.S. girl participating in a school sponsored study program in England. However, it appears that the "heroine" flies to London, is ensconced in her mother's college roommate's manor house, and chums around The City with the young and jaded daughter-of-the-house. Capping off the adventures (including staying over night in a luxurious Harrods-like store) is our young Yank Heroine's solving of London crimes mid-jetting back to home. This fluff may draw a reader into the story; however, one would hope for more than entertainment. It is reasonable to conclude that even Nancy Drew books have more grounding/reality and continuity with the story.
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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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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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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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Have you ever wanted to take a trip to London? You'll feel like you have by the time you reach the end of this book. Cindy Callaghan has expertly created a believable story about a young girl who gets to spend a week "across the pond" with some new friends. She unwittingly finds herself involved in an exciting mystery. I've spent a week in London and I didn't see near the sights that JJ did. Lost in London makes me want to head back over for the real experience. In addition to giving tweens the experience of traveling abroad, they'll also learn some important lessons about life and friendship. A highly-recommended read!
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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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We got he book on Tuesday and my 9-year old had finished it by Wednesday. Loved the story, characters and locale. My son is now constantly telling us about the story and about London and even pushing for a family vacation there! Don't know whether to be angry with or thankful to you, Ms. Callaghan! I chose thankful, great book!
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