As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!

As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!

by Donna Gephart
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As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! by Donna Gephart

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln . . . at one point, they all ran for president. And so is Vanessa Rothrock’s mother!
As if being 12 3/4 isn’t bad enough, Vanessa Rothrock’s mother is running for president and it’s ruining her life. Isn’t it enough that her enormous feet trip her up all the time, even on stage during the school spelling bee? Isn’t it enough that Reginald Trumball, love of Vanessa’s pathetic life, read her personal and private list of deficiencies to some boy she doesn’t even know? And that the Boob Fairy hasn’t visited her even once?! Doesn’t Mom realize that Vanessa needs her more than the rest of the country? More importantly, doesn’t she realize that she may be in grave danger? Vanessa's receiving threatening notes at school–notes that imply some psycho has it out for her mother at the Democratic National Convention. Vanessa might be the only person who can save her. But does she have the courage to do what that requires?
This hilarious debut novel about a girl who gets thrust into the campaign trail will have you laughing out loud and thanking your lucky stars that your mom never decided to enter a national election.

“Gephart maintains the humor even as the stakes rise. . . . An intelligent look at primaries, caucuses and nominating conventions.” –Publishers Weekly
“Readers learn about the political process and motivations of people who work in this milieu.” –SLJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375846458
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/12/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 987,913
File size: 746 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

As If Being 12 3⁄4 . . . is Donna Gephart’s first novel. She lives with her family in Jupiter, Florida, where she’s already at work on her second.

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As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book ecspecially if your a preteen
Myrna Brignol More than 1 year ago
This book is good but i wouldnt recommend it to any younger then 11 yrs old. The author makes the book entertaning but some of the language isnt that great.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As the governor's daughter, Vanessa Rothrock already has a complicated life. Not only is she a complete klutz, but she's the only kid in school with a bodyguard, she gets absolutely no privacy, and she has to make an appointment to see her own mother. Things would be much easier if she didn't spend her life in the scrutiny of the public eye, because, whenever in the spotlight, Vanessa will surely trip over her own gigantic feet.

Now that it looks like her mom might have a good shot at becoming a presidential candidate, everyone else is scurrying around, and all Vanessa wants is for her mother to drop out of the race. Is it really so wrong to just want your mom there, to see you win the county spelling bee and comfort you in the emergency room after you break your wrist in PE?

Then the letter appears in her locker, the one that threatens her to stop her mom's campaign. Frightened that her mother's life might be in danger, Vanessa decides that she has to deter her mom, no matter what.

Extremely well-written, this book surprised me with its humor, action, and poignancy. With this winning combination, this is a read you will certainly want on your ticket!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So not for kids i mean sersouly who would write a book and put it in the kids area in a library.but still i give it five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book at some parts but some of the launguage was just too weird and uncomfortable for my 10 year mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really funny! I finished it in two days! It is awesome. It has some inappropriate language in it for young readers but I am 11 and I laughed a lot. It's definitely a must-have book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Researched this book for youth book club. By page 22 I realized there was no way I would encourage my own 12year old daughter and especially not a group of girls not my own to read this book. While I'm sure some 12 year olds may use some of the language or have private thoughts on their own. as a responsible adult I would hate to introduce to some and condone for others that this is acceptable. The book was definitely funny. Just not appropriate in my opinion for youth groups.
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Justice16 More than 1 year ago
Daughter of a Political Justice, Vanessa Rothrock thought her life was complicated enough and that was before her mother ran for president! No she has to deal with being a preteen, having gigantic feet, being a total Klutz and now having to be known as the goofy girl with a bodygaurd and no privacy! She hates having to make an appointment to see her own mother and just wants her mom to drop out of the race! Then whe she thinks things cant get any worse a note appears in her locker threating her and her mother if her mom doesnt drop out of the campaign but nothing is going to distract her mother. The amazingly written book shocked me with action and humor! You are not going to want to miss this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a lot to like in Donna Gephart's first book, as if being 12-3/4 isn't bad enough, my mother is running for president. Vanessa Rothrock is nearly 13 and already used to the limelight because she's the Florida governor's daughter. But when her mother decides to run for president, and it looks like she stands a good chance of winning, Vanessa's life intensifies. Gephart gives us a good glimpse into the family life of a presidential candidate--hint: there's not much family time--while also capturing pre-teen angst quite well. Vanessa's concerns will have moms remembering their own middle school years while being reminded of what their daughters of the same age may be going through. Girls will be able to identify with many of the same issues Vanessa experiences, and maybe learn a few things from her mistakes. I found it a good reminder of how kids can be so ego-centric in middle school. Everything is seen through the lens of 'what does it mean to me.' For Vanessa, it doesn't matter that her mom will make history by becoming the first female president of our country if she's not home to watch her daughter compete in the regional spelling bee. It's also a good reminder that kids often don't tell their parents about important things that are worrying them. Instead they try to solve them on their own. When Vanessa receives letters threatening to kill her mom if she doesn't drop out of the race, she thinks it's better to secretly try to get her mom to drop out instead of telling someone with the ability to help. This is also a very interesting book to read in an election year when a woman came close to being nominated as a major-political-party presidential candidate. And I loved the reasons Vanessa's mom wrote to her telling why she wants to be president. The list could spark a whole separate conversation with members of a mother-daughter book club about things that are important for our country. I recommend this book for readers in 4th - 6th grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a hoot! Donna Gephart kept my whole family in stitches with 'As if Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!' With vibrant characters, compelling conflict, and random moments of hysteria, Gephart kept us entertained with a quick read that couldn't have come out at a better time in political history. Part romance, part mystery, part pre-teen angst, and all laugh-out-loud funny, this is the kind of book to give to friends and loved ones. My family and I can't wait to see what comes next from Donna Gephart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bought this book last week it looks funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Eric Peterman More than 1 year ago
it is a good book for fourth and fith graders but the reson i gave it four stars and not five is because iit was very unrilistick