Sophie Pitt-Turnbull Discovers America
By Dyan Sheldon
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763627409, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 12, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Things turn out rather different from what she expected when Sophie Pitt-Turnbull takes a trip across the pond in this droll new novel by the author of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN.
The summer her mother announces that they won't be taking their traditional holiday in France, sixteen-year-old Sophie Pitt-Turnbull is aghast and devastated. How can she possibly stay in London when all her friends are going away? The prospect is so ghastly that when Jacqueline Salamanca, Mummy's old art-school chum in New York, suggests they trade daughters for the summer, Sophie — with visions of a loft in SoHo, weekends in the Hamptons, and shopping on Fifth Avenue — feels her prayers have been answered. Unfortunately, there are a few small details that Mummy's neglected to tell her.
Get ready for a comical case of culture clash when one haughty British teen winds up deep in the heart of working-class Brooklyn, cooped up in a chaotic household with two rowdy charges, an ill-trained cat, and an insatiably hungry pet pig. Dyan Sheldon is in her element with this outrageously funny tale of an uptight young girl who is forced to get over her preconceptions — and dares to have herself a full-hearted adventure that's worth writing home about. Complete with a glossary of Britishisms in the back!
Dyan Sheldon is the author of many books for teenagers, including the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (which was made into a major motion picture), MY PERFECT LIFE, and PLANET JANET. American by birth — and a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, where her daughter now lives — Dyan Sheldon resides in London.