An American girl embarks on a competitive scavenger hunt in England—and along the way, meets up with a bookish British boy who can't help her with the clues . . . but might make the trip take some unexpected turns.
Britt Hanson has always preferred scoring goals on the soccer field to analyzing dusty old books. But when an injury ends her dream to play in college, she jumps at the chance to compete in a scavenger hunt in England that takes her to the locations of classic novels—the prize money would change her life!
Once in the UK she meets bookish and very British Luke Jackson. He can’t actually help her with any of the clues (against the rules), but something about Luke compels her to invite him to join her. She wouldn’t mind getting to know him—and listening to his accent.
To win, Britt must outsmart three competitors who aren’t afraid to play dirty while solving clues and traveling around the English countryside. Along the way, Britt learns that sometimes you have to follow the map and other times, you need to throw caution to the wind and see where the cobblestoned road leads you.
After an injury ends 18-year-old Britt Hanson's soccer career, leaving her feeling unmoored and putting her UCLA scholarship in jeopardy, she finds purpose via academic competition in Dean's breezy debut. When Ms. Carmichael, Britt's Santa Barbara, Calif., high school's English teacher, announces that Britt and three other students meticulous overachiever Amberlyn Hartsfield, football player Spence Lopez, and sullen loner Peter Finch have been invited to compete in a British literature inspired scavenger hunt across England for a $100,000 prize, Britt's all in. Despite insisting that she's "useless" at anything besides soccer, she's determined to take home the cash prize to help pay for college. While in England, Britt worries she's falling behind the competition, until she meets handsome, charming Englishman Luke Jackson. He agrees to accompany her on the hunt, and as the two grow closer, Britt realizes that she might not be such a one-trick pony after all. Britt's drive to overcome her insecurities and her delight in traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new things are infectious in Dean's lighthearted, good-humored summertime romance. Major characters cue as white. Ages 12 up. Agent: Eva Scalzo, Speilburg Literary.