Long May She Reign
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Long May She Reign

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by Ellen Emerson White

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A riveting, contemporary story that is the author's tour de force!

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A riveting, contemporary story that is the author's tour de force!

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
As the daughter of the President of the United States, simply going to college would have been awkward enough with the security details, constant surveillance, and notoriety. But Meg Powers has even greater challenges, because she is recovering from the unthinkable: at the end of her senior year she was kidnapped by terrorists, severely beaten, starved, and left for dead in a mine shaft. Only by crushing her own hand with a rock was she able to escape the handcuffs that bound her. This novel, the fourth in a series about the First Daughter, is a heart-rending journey through Meg's physical and emotional recovery. After spending her first semester at home—the White House—and struggling with the pain of a demolished knee and shattered hand that the country's best surgeons could not repair, Meg determines to attend college at the small private school in Massachusetts that had been her first choice. Once in the dorm, she must deal with the normal tasks of trying to make friends, peer pressure, classes, and studying—all under the watchful eye of her Secret Service agents, paparazzi, and a throng of reporters, who document every awkward stumble. As her semester unfolds, Meg learns how insulated and self-absorbed she has been, how traumatized her entire family is by her ordeal, and how difficult it is to mend both body and spirit. At 700 pages, the story's length reflects Meg's long and arduous path to recovery; however, the emotional depth of the characters and incredible attention to detail keep the reader connected, fascinated, and hopeful. This haunting novel will resonate particularly with teens coping with personal trauma, injury, and issues related to survival and posttraumatic stress disorder. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
VOYA - Mary E. Heslin
White's fourth novel about Meg Powers, the daughter of the first female United States President, chronicles Meg's life as a college freshman and her slow recovery from the kidnapping and torture of the previous book, Long Live the Queen (Scholastic, 1990). The plot is deceptively simple: Meg recovers sufficiently to go away to school (just her and a retinue of Secret Service agents); has huge adjustment problems; experiences major medical setbacks, unrelenting press scrutiny, and fresh terrorist threats, but she endures and triumphs. Meg's ordeal and celebrity status have built-in voyeur appeal, and the hip dialogue will hook teens. Reading it is like having the center seat at a ping-pong tourney, but Meg's character and personality will propel readers through hundreds of pages. Meg is witty, loving, self-critical, and heroic but also at times touchy and insensitive. In spite of-or perhaps because of-her failings, she is easy to care about, and her problems are little different from Everygirl's. She worries about grades, about how fast and far her sexual relationship with her boyfriend should go (some scenes are explicit although not erotic), about her choice of college major, and about her own abilities. Arching over all is Meg's conflicted relationship with her mother, and what teen does not have one? The President refuses to negotiate with Meg's captors. Meg understands the Chief of State's decision, but not the mom's. Beneath its chick-lit veneer, this book is a thought-provoking read and a good choice for school and public libraries.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Meg's continuing battle to recover from her brutal kidnapping by terrorists is chronicled in this fourth book about the teenage daughter of the first female President of the United States. Prior to her abduction, Meg was a talented athlete. Now, after multiple surgeries, she struggles to walk and use her badly damaged right hand. While still dealing with the psychological aftereffects of this trauma, Meg embarks on her first year of college with the courage, wit, and strength of character seldom seen in so young a heroine. The novel is most effective in dealing with her chilling recollections of what happened and her fear that it will happen again. Her emotions are presented so graphically and with such intensity that readers may have to put the book down to regain their equilibrium, and her language is appropriately raw. The dynamics of a family coping with crisis are also well defined. Her brothers tiptoe around her, and Meg must push her family to deal with the kidnapping and stop denying what happened. The story line strains credibility a bit with another failed attempt on Meg's life. Throughout the novel, Meg shows readers that despite any problem they may encounter, life is still worth fighting for. All in all, this is an intense, suspenseful, and stirring read.
—Sheilah KoscoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Long May She Reign

By White, Ellen Emerson Feiwel & Friends
Copyright © 2007
White, Ellen Emerson
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ISBN: 9780312367671

Meg Powers is the daughter of the President of the United States. She’s about to start college. She’s living through the worst year of her life. In June, Meg was kidnapped by terrorists—brutalized, starved, and left for dead. She was shackled in a deserted mine shaft and had to smash the bones in her own hand to escape.

            Meg Powers survived the unthinkable. Ahead of her is the grueling physical therapy to heal her broken body, and the challenge of leaving the safety of the White House for her freshman year at college.

            But harder still than the physical and social challenges ahead are her shattered sense of self and her family. Will she ever forgive her mother, the President, for her “can not, have not, and will not negotiate with terrorists” stance—even when it came to her own daughter? And, can Meg forgive herself for having the strength, the intelligence, and the wit to survive?

            In a brilliant tour de force, Ellen Emerson White tells her most ambitious and intense story about a most unlikely, but deeply affecting, heroine.


Ellen Emerson White started writing about Meg Powers in The President’s Daughter and continued in White House Autumn andLong Live the Queen (coming in 2008 from Feiwel and Friends). When Ellen is not writing, she’s watching the Red Sox. She lives in New York City.


The worst part—although it was hard to choose—was that she still cried. A lot. Mostly at night; always alone. Which was risky, because her parents inevitably came in to check on her, and she’d have to pretend to be asleep.

            But now, it was going on to two in the morning, and she was by herself in her room, and she sort of wished one of them would come in. See how she was. Have a conversation about nothing in particular, maybe. But, it was the middle of the night. Normal people were already asleep.

            Meg pushed away from her desk. Her chair was on rollers now, which was one of the many changes in her life they didn’t really discuss. At least she wasn’t using the actual wheelchair anymore. Just a brace and a cane. And her hand, gosh, she could almost move two of her fingers now, and—yes, it was time for Nightly Self-Pity.

            For that matter, it was also time for some more ibuprofen. At this point, the doctors only gave her prescription painkillers as a last resort, and she couldn’t quite bring herself to tell them how much she still needed the god-damned things.

            She reached for her cane, then changed her mind. The thought of making her way across the room to the bathroom was too tiring. Hell, even the concept of getting up and limping the few steps over to her bed was exhausting to contemplate.

            “Hey, you,” she said to her cat, Vanessa, who was asleep on the rocking chair by the fireplace. “You want to fetch me some water?”

            Vanessa stretched out one paw slightly, but otherwise didn’t respond. Didn’t even open her eyes.

            Of course, this was the White House. All she had to do was pick up the damned phone, and someone would appear within seconds, and—except that it was too late to bother them. Too embarrassing. Too pathetic.


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