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President’s Daughter Series

January 21, 2009


When I was a young teenager, I remember reading a book called The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White.  I may have read the second in the series as well.  Turns out they’ve been reissued, with updates.

The premise was that Meg’s mother, a Democratic New England senator, wins the Presidency.  And so she and her family, including teenage daughter Meg, move into the White House, and adjust to life in a very public arena.

Sassymonkey, one of my favorite book bloggers, re-read and reviewed the President’s Daughter series on her blog.  I remember reading the first two as a kid.  Interestingly, Sassymonkey hadn’t read the second two as a kid.  Of  “The President’s Daughter”, she says

It’s funny reading this one because it’s the one book in the series that doesn’t have a big dramatic and violent event or involve recovering from such an event. It makes it seem…quiet.

And I guess, if you knew the much darker, later books in the series, the first book, which sets the stage and the premise, would seem quiet.  I haven’t reread the series yet, though I plan to, but what I remember is a sense of some of the things I love so much about the movie The American President.  A certain “Capra-esque” quality of making the White House and the major players real, but fondly, and gently. With plenty of optimism. This may, in fact be why I remember the series so fondly, and why I have seen “The American President” so many times I practically have it memorized.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2009 10:53 am

    The President’s Daughter is the only book in the series without some act of violence. It does make it seem much quieter.

    All this presidential talk has me wanting to reread them. 🙂

  2. January 21, 2009 10:53 pm

    Ha, that’s how I felt about Harry Potter. After finishing The Deathly Hallows, I went back and re-read the whole series beginning to end, and was amazed at how light and cheery the earlier books seemed.

    THe President’s Daughter…. I’ll have to check this series out! Sound like a good recommendation for my future voracious reader (who is right now a voracious looker-at-pictures.)

    What’s the age range for this series?

  3. January 22, 2009 1:01 am

    Robin McKinley posted about this series on her blog, too.

  4. January 22, 2009 10:29 am

    Cheryl, the later books (esp the 3rd and 4th) are probably for older teens. They are fairly violent.

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