Thursday, November 13, 2008

Recommended Reading: The President's Daughter

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 5:45 PM

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Dear Malia and Sasha,

Apparently, I'm kind of obsessed with your well being? You see, I want everything to be okay when you move into your new House. FDR's grandson is looking out for you, too. Did you pick out your Hannah Montana posters yet? Oh, and don't worry, the scary bunnies aren't going to be invited back this year if I have my way, not that I would ever actual have control over such a thing given the requirements to get a job with your Dad. But I'm assuming your Mom finds these Easter clowns as terrifying as I do.

Anyway, girls, an L Magazine tipster suggested these books for you, out of similar concern. They are by YA author Ellen Emerson: The President's Daughter series, about a girl named Meg Powers who becomes a First Kid when her Mom gets elected. The Ya Ya Ya's love them:

Meg Powers' mother is Katharine Vaughn Powers, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and rising star in the Democratic Party. The Senator has been approached about running for President and decided to go for it. Although almost no one thinks she'll be able to do it, she wins the election. (But you knew that, right?) This means Meg and her two younger brothers receive increasing media attention, the family moves into the White House, and Meg must leave her old friends behind in Boston while trying to make new friends in Washington, DC, even though all her classmates know she's the President's daughter.

If Meg were a real person, I'd probably be intimidated by her smarts and strength. But as the main character in a fiction series, she is absolutely, completely compelling. White uses a limited third-person point of view that is more intimate than some books written in first-person, fleshing out Meg's character and giving her depth, complexity, and a sense of humor. More than that, though, everyone feels real, except maybe Preston, who is excessively perfect, albeit in a very appealing way. In all three books, Meg seems like a real teen, put into environments and situations that ring true and seem plausible.
They sound delightful, informative, empowering, no? I think I will read them myself. Look, the girl on the cover is wearing a Red Sox cap! Calm yourself, she has nothing to do with Mitt Romney, of this, you can be certain.

Happy reading.

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