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Across the Pond

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
"When almost fifteen-year-old, English born Fred Squire’s parents win a trip to Australia, Fred finds himself packed off to visit family friends in the United States. Even worse, he’s given a boring language project to complete.

But then he meets Brittany.
Fred soon finds himself struggling, not only with his growing feelings for Brit, but also with the language difference
Paperback, 118 pages
Published July 29th 2009 by Xlibris Corporation (first published September 25th 2008)
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Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-read-list
"Across the Pond" can be described simply as: Boy journeys across the pond. Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy journeys back across the pond.

Fred Squire finds himself traveling from England to America to stay with friends of his parents, while they take a vacation. Fred is not happy that he is being essentially cast away so that his parents can enjoy a trip without him. However, Fred is in for a rude awakening once he reaches his destination in America. He meets Brittany and realizes the trip m
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just have to say that I could not stop reading this book as soon as I started reading it. I just got it in the mail today and I already want a second one. I loved the relationship between Fred and Brit. The book was wonderful and the story reminded me of someone I know. I read it in 3 hours all the while potty training the little one and tending to such things that he needed. I only wish that you could have written this book when I was in junior high and obsessed with everything UK. LOL Althou ...more
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those reviewers out there (which is most of you guys), have you ever had trouble finding a way to start a review? Do you ever type a sentence only to quickly delete it and start over? It's not just me, is it? This isn't the first time this has happened to me and my theory is because I have a lot I want to say about the book, and I simply can't find away to organize all of those thoughts in my head. Keeping that in mind, I'm going to break this all down so I won't get a migraine:

Writing: Barr
Jul 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Plot Sketch: Fred's parents just won an all expenses paid trip to Australia for two. Now, what to do with Fred while they're gone? He has his choice of visiting his aunt and uncle in Scotland, or visiting some family friends in America. He chooses America. Because of the exchange rate from the pound to the dollar, it costs his parents about the same amount. He sets out "across the pond" to visit Phil & Julie and their daughter, who just happens to be his age, Brittany. At their first meeting ...more
Angela Simmons
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In “Across the Pond”, author Storyheart , writes a coming of age tale about Fred Squire, a 15 year-old English boy. While his parents are enjoying a dream vacation for two that they won to Australia, Fred is being shipped off the States. Seated next to a woman that is continually asking questions and smells of garlic, he is worried about what to expect once he lands. After some minor mishaps his plane finally lands in New York. Meeting his parent’s friends Phil and Julie, he realizes that there ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Across the Pond by Storyheart (Barry Eva) synched up with Anita Shreve's latest novel, A Change in Altitude when both decided to highlight the oddities of American English. Both fall into the trap of a blanket assumption that all Americans speak the same dialect and use the same words.

The word in question that had me putting on the brakes to run an informal poll on the name of a particular type of intersection. What I learned is that in most (not all!) of the United States, the name for a circul
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rtbook, reviewer-copy
Left with limited option while his parents took a vacation to Australia, Frederick (Fred) Squire decided to vacation in the United States with his parents friends. Not knowing what to expect Fred started his list (for a school project) right away he found that England and America both spoke English, but sometimes the differences could be embarrassing or it could get you in trouble. With the help of Phil, Julie and their daughter Brittany (Brit), he learned many new words and alternate meanings o ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fifteen year-old Fred Squire is disappointed about being sent to the United States to stay with friends of his parents, Phil and Julie, over his vacation instead of going with his parents to Australia. However, when he gets to the airport, he gets nervous about meeting Phil and Julie and especially about their 15-year-old daughter, Brit. His worries are laid aside when he meets them, though. Fred immediately begins falling for Brit. He starts to think this trip might not be so bad after all.

Sep 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
To be quite honest, this book was awful. Fred, the English teenager, has an “assignment” from school to find all the words that are used differently in America versus the UK. Granted, I spent a summer in England, so none of the words were new to me, but many of them were words that Americans use. The one that bugged me the most was period. Why would a 14 year old boy know that that was a word for “the time of the month” but a 14 year old girl wouldn’t? That’s not exclusively an UK English term! ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Fourteen-year-old Brit Fred Squire was not excited for his first visit to the US with his father's friends. Aside from a tiresome school assignment of compiling the Americanisms he comes across and their British equivalents, Fred's nervous about meeting Brittany, his host family's teenage daughter.

But from the moment they meet, it's clear that Fred and Brittany, a.k.a. "Brit", click. Brit makes Fred's Americanisms assignment fun. With their shared sense of humor, love of music and sport
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Going to Australia for vacation is more than just a dream. If you get to go for free, it's just plain lucky! Unfortunately, the prize was only two tickets so while Fred Squire's parents are living it up, he is stuck to visit old friends in the States. While a British accent and using the word ‘love’ in normal conversation isn’t unusual where he lives, the girls in the United States can’t get enough of it! Falling in love with the American sport of baseball and the daughter of his dad’s friend at ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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ACROSS THE POND brings us the story of Englander Fred, who goes on vacation to the United States, where he stays with a family friend. This family has a daugther, Brit, who becomes quite attached to Fred, and vice versa.

However, when Fred learns something about Brit's past that she hasn't told anyone else, he decides that he has to do right by her and make sure the offender learns his lesson. During his stay in the U.S., Fred works on a project that
T.V and Book Addict
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is pretty darn cute!
This is a nice little story about Fred, a british fifteen year old who has to go to USA to stay with some friends, Phil and Julie, of his dad because his parents are going elewhere on a trip they won.
Phil and Julie are such nice folks and they happen to have a hottie (Fred's words hehe) of a daughter.
Fred goes through quite a few problems on his trip to America. He has to work on a project, writing down the differences between the two languages, an evil boy who seem
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Fred Squire is being sent to the USA, something he is not happy about.

Until he meets Brittany.

Fred finds many struggles while in the USA.

His feeling for Brit. The new language. Brit's friend Angel, who seems to have her eye on him.

Fred then finds another problem thrown in to the mix after Brit tells him her big secret about the town bully, Harris.

"Brit and her Brit" have a lot to accomplish before Fred is to return back to England.

Rating: 3 STARS

Review: When I first sta
Deborah Sloan
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Across The Pond by Storyheart is delightful quick read filled with the budding young love of two teenagers Brit and Fred. Fred (Fredrick) travels across from England to the United States to stay with friends of his parents Phil and Julie and their young daughter Brit while his parents enjoyed a dream vacation to Australia that they had won in a contest. In his short stay in New York Fred becomes the hero not only to the young Brit but also to her parents and the parents of Brits friends who have ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
This was the first YA book I've come across that I felt was a little too young for my tastes. I think that this book is geared more for pre-teens rather than the usual Young Adult market. That being said, I felt that it was a sweet, charming story.

One of the reasons that I felt the story was intended for a younger audience is that the characters were written with such broad stokes. Brit constantly had tears in her eyes, both of her parents kept laughing so hard that they had tears running down
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-star
Plot: I thought the plot was good. I think it could've been executed in a better way than it was, but there was still a good storyline there. I thought that there were too many events that happened in too little time, and that things could've been spaced out a little bit more than they were. Also, I think that there were too many happy coincidences that happened in this book. Nothing ever really seemed to go wrong for Fred or Brit, and I would've liked to see that happen a little more.

Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This is such a lovely, feel good short story which starts as 14 year old Fred arrives in America (across the pond) to stay for two weeks with his father's best friend's family -- Phil, wife Julie and daughter Brittney -- as his parents have won a holiday of a lifetime to Australia and couldn't take him with them.

A romance soon develops between Fred and Brittney and Fred's time in America is full of ups and downs, including getting into trouble on more than one occasion by the difference in the m
Jennifer Walker
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can’t help but read the story with an editor’s eye, and I feel there are some places that could have been developed a bit more to enrich the story and bump up the page count a little. There were a couple of minor inconsistencies and other issues that can easily be fixed. However, these issues were few in number and small in nature, and the story was so enjoyable that it was easy to get past them.

Across the Pond is a fun, uplifting story that young teenagers should enjoy. It has everything: lov
Sarah BT
Jun 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Across the Pond reminded me of an old fashioned story. Even though it's marketed as a YA romance, it's really something any age could pick up and enjoy.

My favorite part of this was the project that Fred had to work on while in America. Fred was keeping track of all the language differences he came across between American words and British words, which sometimes left him embarrassed. Plus, I learned a lot and wish I could take a trip to England!

Some things were a little too perfect about Fred's v
Book Lover
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story about teens, young love and what really happens "Across the Pond". When fifteen year old Fred crosses the Atlantic to visit the States he's astonished to find out that while people might not change very much across international borders, the language and food are another story altogether. Before long he's struggling to figure out the difference between a condom and an eraser (rubbers in both languages), taking on a bully and falling head over heels in love with Brit-a young wo ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
1.5 out of 5 rating

Yeah, this book just didn't do it for me. It was way too shallow. I don't feel that the characters, nor the story was really developed. And the book was only 118 pages so there was plenty of room to add depth.

Fred and Brit fell in love way too quickly and without really knowing each other. It was just too weird. There needed to be more growth. I didn't care about any of the characters or what was happening. I don't know. Without sounding too harsh, it just seemed too amateuri
Jun 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This story is an overall good read that includes a bit of cuteness, young love, adventure all wrapped up in a bit of humor and sprinkled with bits of information about the differences between America and England.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
And who said there were no more gentlemen or good guys left in the world?
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as I was getting ready to fly across the country. What a sweet story. I'll be sure to keep this book for my son to read when he is older. It's a great comming of age story.
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