Sandra Byrd, an American author, does a remarkable job with writing a book series set in London. As I was reading, I assumed Byrd was a British author who had knowledge of American culture. I was pleasantly surprised to find out Byrd is not British. My hat is off to her!
The London Confidential Series follows the life of 15 year-old Savannah “Savvy” Smith as she copes with moving from Seattle to London. The first book in the series, Asking for Trouble, is set about two months after the Smith’s move to London. Savvy, her mother, and her sister each struggle to fit into London’s society and make friends. Not only are they new to their schools, but they are strangers in a strange land. The Londoner’s do not take well to the American’s and Savvy (and family) find it hard to fit in.
Asking for Trouble is told from Savvy’s point-of-view. Having this story written from Savvy’s perspective was a brilliant move on Byrd’s part. As an American, just like Savvy, I do not know London culture. The food, schools, fashion, language, etc., are all different than that in America; and as Savvy is learning, I felt like I was learning with her. Not too many books have the ability to teach the readers exactly what the characters are learning but Asking for Trouble did just that.
The gist of Asking for Trouble is this: Savvy, a girl who dreams of being a journalist, manages to get on her school paper… as the delivery girl! Ouch! Savvy, at first is upset, but she soon learns that starting from the bottom may not be so bad. A lot of surprises come her way, and she may have her hand in the paper’s ink by the end of the book. Read and find out!
In conclusion, Sandra Byrd wrote a smart, witty, and inspirational book for young girls. Heck, even we older girls can enjoy Asking for Trouble. At my age, I found myself loving this book. My recommendation, go out and get the London Confidential Series!
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.