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Caroline PrestonComing-of-age tales that hark back to lovable, quaint times all too often cover the landscape and the characters with a thick dusting of powdered sugar. But Shreve avoids sentimental sludge with the masterly voice of Daniel, the anxious boy historian who tries to keep order in his fractured life by soberly documenting it, zany detail by zany detail. As we recover from our own sugar high of the 2008 election, When the White House Was Ours offers a perfect antidote. Turn off the TV pundits, turn down the thermostat, and slip on a comfy cardigan.
—The Washington Post