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Through Thick & Thin (London Confidential) Paperback – March 18, 2010

4.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the London Confidential Series

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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: #292,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just fallen in love with Sandra Byrd's books -- she is the cure for the "downer book" blues. Her novels have great plot, likeable, lifelike characters PLUS wit and charm. I have spent some time in London and found her books capture the essence of the place, too. I lead a girl's Summer camp called Pearl Power Academy, and Sandra Byrd's books are on the recommended reading list for girls age 12-18 (although at 52 I still love them). Just the thing for my girls from poor families in small-town Texas to give them a glimpse of a positive look at a much larger world. Love the fact that the lead female is a heroine and not just a protagonist. I've loved every Sandra Byrd book I've ever got my mitts on and plan to keep ordering them up until I've read them all. You'll never regret buying one or passing it along to other bookish friends.
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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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Savvy Smith, 15, is living in London with her family and still struggling to make friends. She has her job delivering school newspapers, and her secret column Asking for Trouble but she is lacking a true friend. But then, Penny, one of the popular girls notices Savvy and starts being a little friendly.

Penny manages to get Savvy tickets to the fashion show happening on a local estate, and the editor at the paper promises Savvy she'll finally have her name on a by-line. But then Savvy makes a mistake--a serious one--and finds herself grounded.

Her choices? Hand the tickets over to another girl at the newspaper and possibly lose Penny as a friend, or keep a promise she made to her younger sister. This may turn Savvy's dream into a nightmare.

I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the London Confidential series by Ms. Byrd. Savvy is a realistic character that any young teen girl can identify with and Ms. Byrd writes with realism and wit.

My two daughters completely love this series (we discovered it on book three) and so I was so thankful when the author sent me books one, two and four so we could complete it. If you are looking for a great series for your daughter to put under the Christmas tree then the London Confidential series would be excellent. Great series.
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Sandra Byrd's second book in the London Confidential series is as good as the first and shows a maturing Savvy growing in her faith and confidence. Teen readers can enjoy the accurate details about life in the U.K. and London while learning lessons in walking as Christians in a secular high school. Well-written and paced, Through Thick & Thin is a fun, entertaining jaunt with a likable girl of faith.
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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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This is the second book in the series, and it was just as good. In fact, better because I already knew the characters. It was a fast paced fun read and would be great for any teenager. I was surprised the first one didn't have much about God in it since it was published by a Christian imprint. This one had much more in it than the first one. A quick and enjoyable read for teen or adult!
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