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Gr 5-8- In this sequel to First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (Dutton, 2007), Sameera Righton, the adopted Pakistani daughter of President-elect and Mrs. Righton, has recently moved into the White House. During the transition, Sameera is faced with several challenges. Her romance with Bobby gets put on hold when he accompanies his family to India to be near his dying grandfather. While waiting for his return, and for permission from Bobby's grandfather for him to date her, she hangs out with her cousin Miranda, attends White House functions, and posts to Sparrowblog, which gives readers an insider's view of the White House, plus Sparrow's thoughts on subjects such as dating. But soon Sameera grows tired of "life in a bubble" and wants to attend school. She decides on an inner-city DC high school where she can experience the real world. For her 17th birthday, she throws a bash, inviting the entire junior class to come to the White House. Sameera's world is one of diverse political persuasions, faiths, and ethnicities, where kindness and understanding allow all people to get along. In a genuine online blog, as well as a MySpace profile, Perkins has created a life for Sameera that extends beyond the book. Readers who enjoy Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" (HarperCollins) and others of the same ilk will enjoy reading about Sameera.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, IDCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted September 17, 2013
Sameera is getting used to White House life and so far its not all that its cracked up to be Bobby who she thought was her kinda sorta maybe boyfriend is not answering her e-mails her mothers secretary is going out with her body gaurd and her cousin Miranda is trying to become a star and samreea isnt so sure about that. through twists and turns of life sameera concurs all for ages 12 to 14 Mitali Perkins tells a wonderful tale about a girl whovis trying to be herself in a hard situation .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2012
Today, I met Mathali Parkins! She seemed like a wonderful person and she oozed charisma. Her website, "The fire escape" is up on the web. Im not sure whether this is her first published book, but if it is, the she said it took 11 years to be published and 22 rejections! Inspireful, right?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2008
In the second book of the FIRST DAUGHTER series, Sameera is unpacking boxes and exploring the White House with her cousin, Miranda. Sameera loves living in the White House. She gets to explore, learn to waltz, and she stills keeps writing in her blog. <BR/><BR/>But she's also beginning to realize that life in the White House may not be a fairy tale. Bobby, her friend and the guy she likes, stopped calling after her dad became President. When she learns it's because of religious beliefs, she's outraged, just as Bobby is. <BR/><BR/>There's also a comment left on her blog that leaves her wondering if she really could survive in the real world. She soon hatches a plan to find out -- and it seems that to make life a fairy tale, people have to be willing to take some chances. <BR/><BR/>To be honest, I love all of those movies about the President's daughter (Chasing Liberty especially), so I was sure I'd love a series of books about the First Daughter, too. I was right! <BR/><BR/>This book was great. Sameera is one of the best characters I've read about in a while. She's spirited and daring, but she's also honest and she knows when to stop. All of the other characters were amazing, too. WHITE HOUSE RULES is a fun, quirky read and I'd recommend it to anyone, even if you're not a fan of these types of movies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2008
Living in the White House, i can't imagine anyone who doesn't want that. In the second book in the First Daughter series by Mitali Perkins, First Daughter Sameera presidential parents, cousin Miranda and dog Jingle move into the White House. Sameera has to say goodbye to Bobby, who is moving to India to see his ill grandfather for the last time. Sameera hopes he will call or mail her..but she has to be very patient. Sameera's blog is very popular, but there are commenters who have the opinion that she is just a pampered and spoiled First Daughter. It is also great to read when Sameera and her mum go undercover to visit a public school, because Sameera really wants a REAL school to go to, instead of a private school and tutor. and will everything will be happy in the end with her and Bobby? This was just a great book! It is not the usual ya/teen fiction. This book has a message and a deaper meaning. It is also a book with message for better understanding of other cultures and that is what i really like to read! 'since i was a kid , i am always interested in learning about other cultures' I am looking forward to read the other two books in the series, and hope to read the other books of Mitali too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.