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The Model President (The Misadventures of Millicent Madding Series #2)
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The Model President (The Misadventures of Millicent Madding Series #2)

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by Brian Tacang
 

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Meet the candidates for Winifred T. Langley Middle School sixth-grade president!

Millicent Madding:
A smart, creative, junior inventor extraordinaire, who is dedicated to making the school a better place.

Fiona Dimmet:
A popular, beautiful, fashion-obsessed model, who is dedicated to making the school a better dressed place.

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Meet the candidates for Winifred T. Langley Middle School sixth-grade president!

Millicent Madding:
A smart, creative, junior inventor extraordinaire, who is dedicated to making the school a better place.

Fiona Dimmet:
A popular, beautiful, fashion-obsessed model, who is dedicated to making the school a better dressed place.

When it comes to the competition for class president, it seems like Millicentis a shoe-in for the position. After all, she's the only one taking the campaign seriously . . . until Fiona finds a way to turn the whole election process upside down by making it one gigantic fashion show! With a platform that promises free makeovers to anyone who votes for her, Fiona is suddenly surrounded by supporters clamoring to be as fashion forward as their new favorite candidate. Has the whole school gone mad? One thing's for sure: If Millicent wants to be president, she'd better whip her plain-Jane look into shape and learn how to wow the school—fashionista style!

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Millicent Madding's dreams of becoming the sixth-grade class president appear to go up in a puff of hairspray when the students of Pretty Liddy's Junior Fashion Academy relocate to her school. Faced with a campaign that suddenly hinges on a series of fashion walk-offs rather than issues, Millicent wrestles with her conscience: Should she compromise her integrity and redefine herself in order to achieve her goal? Tacang skewers the fashion industry with glee. Millicent's opponent Fiona is the ultimate model, body honed to perfection and followed by a sycophantic entourage. Flatly one-dimensional, she embodies an archetypical tween villainess, incessantly spouting cruel comments. The writing suffers from an excess of "hip"-ness, often deteriorating into snarky one-liners and delivering such abysmal clunkers as "Her lips smoldered as red as a smart remark." An abrupt, pat resolution diminishes the authenticity and moral weight of the tale. Despite these missteps, tween audiences will empathize with Millicent's predicament as she struggles to succeed in a world suddenly defined by superficiality. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060739140
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Series:
Misadventures of Millicent Madding Series , #2
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Tacang was a fashion designer for many years before becoming a writer. He lives in a haunted house made of dirt in El Prado, New Mexico. This is his second book.

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Model President (The Misadventures of Millicent Madding Series #2) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Middle school inventor Millicent Madding knows nothing about fashion, and neither do any of her friends, the secret society of smart kids known as the Wonderkinder. Ever since her parents disappeared in the time machine that they invented, Millicent has lived with her eccentric Uncle Phineas (also an inventor), who doesn't make enough money for her to buy clothes anywhere but at the Dollar-A-Pound Overstock Kid's Clothing Store. Only recently has Aunt Felicity, who'd had amnesia for years after a tragic miscalculation in her cannon caused the former circus performer to crash horribly off course outside the circus tent, come to live with Millicent and Uncle Phineas, and even then, Millicent still can't understand the idea of wearing something like a girdle for the sake of looking good. On the day that Millicent is to give her speech for the class president election, Winifred T. Langley Middle School receives a slew of new students - members of Pretty Liddy's Junior Fashion Academy, temporarily misplaced due to a termite problem. Millicent is worried sick that her beloved friends will fall victim to the Pretty Liddy's taunts, but the Wonderkinder, as well as every other person in the school, are enchanted by top model Fiona Dimmit and the fashion advice she gives. When the competitive Fiona decides to run against Millicent in the election, Millicent is shocked when the principal agrees, especially to the part about turning the election into a fashion show! Although everyone else seems to have lost their minds, Millicent must now make the decision to stand up for her principles or play the game. I was greatly taken aback by this book, since it turned out to be almost the opposite of what I was expecting. This is certainly not your average middle grade chick-lit novel, and a story like this is much better suited for an audience who craves humor and unrealistic situations.
JayD More than 1 year ago
"The Model President" is a wonderful mix of sense and lighthearted oddness. It is a thoughtful story which is both caring and silly at the same time. The story is not meant to be a reality based account of teen life no more than Willy Wanka's Chocolate factory was meant to be about the normal trials of day-to-day living. And yet it does focus on real
life issues regarding peer pressure and what truly matters regarding leadership.

Reading realism is not what I was looking for in "The Model President" and fortunately I did not find average (boring?) people within it. Instead I found marvelous characters such as Mrs Alpa, Mr Pennystacker, Goody Constance Madding, Pretty Liddy, Paisley Slub and so many, many more. As odd as Uncle Phineas can be I would love to meet someone like him; he is a delightful combination of strange brilliance and wisdom. Millicent is so lucky to have him for an uncle.

All of the characters are nicely developed and they stretched my imagination beyond it's safe and sane haven. I wanted to learn something about human relationships, about dealing with the quirks of living day to day with people that do not behave or think as I do. I also wanted to enjoy myself reading about them in fantastic ways and I certainly was not disappointed.

Brian Tacang has a extremely creative way of presenting a story with often bizarre, yet somehow quite real, characters. It is a zany reality show -- a great escape -- that teaches and entertains and I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read and learn and laugh all at the same time.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Millicent Madding had quite an odd life. Being raised by inventors and circus performers, she had not had any of the experiences ¿normal¿ girls had: picking out their own clothes, wearing high heels, and just being a regular sixth grader! But everything would change if she could just become class president.

Then the stuck-up students of a fashion school have to temporarily attend Millicent¿s middle school, which means the famous Fiona Dimmet is going to be her classmate. And, what¿s more, Fiona has decided to run for class president, too! How could she compete with a popular, beautiful, famous model?

Author Brian Tacang has a rich imagination but he might have went too far. This book was so unrealistic that I couldn¿t even picture what was happening.

I have never read anything like it. It was imaginative, creative, but didn¿t make any sense. I had to struggle to finish reading it.

The characters seem well thought through and match the story perfectly, which made a big difference in my mind of how I thought of the book. Based on the story, though, I would not recommend it to anyone.

I didn¿t enjoy this book has much as I thought. It just wasn¿t for me.