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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inauguration Day

It's Inauguration Day! Now, because it's also Sunday, President Obama will be sworn in during a private ceremony today at the White House, and tomorrow is when the public ceremony (complete with poems and speeches) and the parade will take place.

What's life like in in the White House or the campaign trail? Well... here are some books to let us know!

    

First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins. When Sameera's father runs for President, she's suddenly thrust into the public eye. She likes the first part of the makeover-- suddenly the 16-year-old no longer looks 12, but then they change her nickname from Sparrow to Sammy. They also take over her blog, making her out to be some shallow-every teen. Can the adopted Pakistani daughter of a white Republican prove she's as American as they come while still being herself? Be sure to also read the sequel, First Daughter: White House Rules.

The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White. I was so excited when they White continued this series and they reissued the earlier volumes. (Shame about the covers.) Meghan Powers understands the pressures of having a mother who holds public office. They changes though, when her mother runs for President and wins. Meghan is not happy about having to move to DC. Being the new kid at school is hard enough without the press following you everywhere, but when you finally get a date and have to take the Secret Service along? The first in a well-beloved series, White House Autumn is next.

As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough (My Mother Is Running for President) by Donna Gephart. Vanessa has your usual tween body problems-- no visit from the boob fairy and feet that are so big she trips over them. She has boy issues, too. In addition to the regular tween drama, there's more-- she's also the only kid in school with a body guard (that's what happens when you're mom's the governor.) But, when her mom decides to run for president? Everything just got that much worse.

  

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. Samantha Madison. Sam's just a goth girl in DC, who's in love with her older (uber-popular) sister's boyfriend. Things take a turn when she saves the President's life. Suddenly in the lime-light and the nation's Teen Ambassador, she's finding that the political advisors want her to speak up and use her voice--but only if she sticks to the talking points. Making matters more complicated is the president's son, who has a thing for Sam.

Capital Girls by Ella Monroe. The daughter of the chief-of-staff and the girlfriend of the president's son, Jackie is used to being in the press and maintaining her perfect image. She and her friends are the teen it girls of DC, but when the leader of the pack dies in a car crash (and Jackie's boyfriend was involved) all the scandal and drama rises to the surface. The first in a juicy series, readers are lucky in that it seems new installments are coming out every 6 months instead of having to wait a year or more. The second one is Secrets and Lies.

  

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter. The Gallagher Academy for Girls says it's a school for geniuses, but really it's a training school for spies. In the third book in the series, Cammie goes to be with Macey as her father accepts the nomination for vice-president. The girls barely escape a kidnapping attempt. Everyone assumes people are after Macey to get to her father, but it turns out they may be after her because she's a Gallagher Girl. You'll want to start with the first one, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.

I, Q: The White House by Roland Smith. The second book in the I, Q series has Q and Angela still following their rocker parents. This time, the concert is at the White House. Of course, the teens aren't alone-- they still have their network of SOS (Some Old Spooks) and Mossad agents, which is good, because the terrorist cell they're trying to bring down has moles at the White House. As we learned with Snape, sometimes double agents have to do bad things and I and Q are having a hard time figuring out who's on what side. For the set up, you'll want to start with the first in the series, I, Q: Independence Hall.

  

Freshman for President by Ally Condie. He's only 15 and wouldn't be able to take the job if he actually won, but Milo's decided to run for President. Of the United States. Surprisingly, his campaign gains traction and starts to take off, despite the fact he's still a student and has to get his homework done. You know how long-shot candidates say they just want to influence the conversation? Well, Milo's about to do that in a major way.

Vote for Larry by Janet Tashjian. In this sequel to The Gospel According to Larry, Josh is in college and struggling to live by his anti-consumerism ideals. But, it's a presidential election year and it might just be time for Josh to bring back his super-popular online persona, Larry. Larry's not just going to comment on the process and the country though, no, Larry's running for president. Congress can change the minimum age if he wins. Can Larry's idealism really change the world?

What are your favorite books about life in the White House?

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