Freshmen for President

Freshmen for President

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by Ally Condie
     
 
Fifteen- year- old Milo J. Wright and his best friend, Eden, are crazy to even consider participating in the election for President of the United States of America, aren't they? Never mind that Milo is twenty years too young. Never mind the fact that he'll have to balance the election with school, his lawn- mowing job, soccer practice, and trying to understand girls.

Overview

Fifteen- year- old Milo J. Wright and his best friend, Eden, are crazy to even consider participating in the election for President of the United States of America, aren't they? Never mind that Milo is twenty years too young. Never mind the fact that he'll have to balance the election with school, his lawn- mowing job, soccer practice, and trying to understand girls. There are times in life when you just have to go for something, no matter how impossible. Readers will discover that everyone, no matter what age, has something valuable to say.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWard Magazine
This is Allyson Condie's fourth book. First Day and Yearbook are aimed at the same young adult audience that Freshman for President will delight. Its timeliness in an election year will make it a great choice for teachers looking for ways to excite their students about the American electoral process. Condie's restrained narrative keeps the plot linear, subtly nuanced by the mysterious depression of Milo's older sister, Maura. However, even she is drawn into the campaign. Will Milo be elected President of the United States of America?
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Milo has always been "a sideline kind of guy," so his decision to run for President of the United States is a big step. Despite long odds and the fact that he cannot take office even if he receives enough votes, the campaign grows in momentum with local news coverage, a burgeoning Web site, and national television coverage. The story of his six-month campaign packs in elements of politics, teen romance, and self-realization with mixed results. The teen remains a regular guy throughout the experience-thoughtful, earnest, and likable-so most readers will empathize with his triumphs and struggles. At the same time, his ordinariness makes his successes harder to swallow. The issues he focuses on, such as changing the voting age, are not especially compelling, and his words and ideas don't seem unique enough to inspire the impact he makes on the nation. The mobilization of young voters by having a spokesperson their own age is appealing, though, and Milo's actions to capitalize on that potential seem credible. In the teens-for-president genre, Janet Tashjian's Vote for Larry (Holt, 2004) is more thought-provoking and exciting, and Dan Gutman's The Kid Who Ran for President (Scholastic, 2000) is funnier, but Condie's novel provides a sometimes intriguing look at the political process through the unlikely candidacy of a 15-year-old kid.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Kirkus Reviews
The principal of 15-year-old Milo Wright's high school in Sage, Ariz., has decided to do away with student council elections. Milo had been planning to run for president, but what'll he do now? Why, run for president of the United States, of course. He knows he's 20 years too young to take office, but he can draw attention to such teen issues as excessive standardized testing and the raising of the driving age to 18. With donations from local businesses and a great website, the campaign catches national attention. Though Milo and his VP candidate Eden have a busy and sometimes rough year, they learn valuable lessons about themselves and the concept of winning. Condie, who has published two novels about Mormon teens under the name Allyson B. Condie, starts with an interesting premise. Milo aside, the characters don't develop much beyond one dimension, however. The text is repetitious and larded with unnecessary scenes, and the pacing is truly glacial. Could be useful for integrating civics and language arts, but not much else. (Fiction. 11-14)First printing of 15,000

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590389133
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
06/13/2008
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ally Condie taught high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. Currently, she is employed by her two little boys, who keep her busy playing trucks and building blocks. She enjoys running with her husband, Scott, listening to Neil Diamond (really!), reading, traveling, and eating. She lives with her family in Ithaca, New York.

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Freshmen for President 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an adult who enjoys YA literature, this book was so fun and refreshing to me. The author clearly feels no need to push the envelope of how many adult themes can appear in a book aimed at teenagers. Freshman for President is touching, funny, inspiring, and thoroughly enjoyable to read, all while maintaining what I'd consider a PG rating. Well done, Ally Condie!