It's an election year, and Congress has lowered the voting age to 14. Not one to refuse political involvement, 16-year-old Amy joins a campaign to elect the next President of the United States.
Amy's intention isn't just to see her chosen candidate win the White House, but to prevent his rival, an arrogant, profiteering sleazeball, from ever stepping foot inside the Oval Office. Her real reason for participating, however, is much more personal: the opposing candidate's son bullied her when she was a 3rd grader. Foiling his father's bid for the presidency would be the perfect way to get even with him!
In Washington, campaign reform laws have turned the "race" for the White House into just that: A congressional mandate requires all candidates to face-off on a TV reality show, The Race For White House, USA! So begins a thrilling, cross-country race -- not with formula race cars, but using the candidate's own campaign busses.
In typical reality show fashion, the competitors must face absurd challenges along the way. But the real-world situations they find themselves in are decidedly unreal, as they are confronted by half-human creatures, haunted by dead presidents, and launched into a future of economic decay -- all viewed live by a worldwide television audience.
Amy's devotion to her candidate-of-choice wins her a seat on his campaign bus. Her grade school nemesis also joins the race, tagging along on his father's bus. Now Amy has plenty of opportunity to confront him. But there's a problem: her offender has changed in the last seven years. Instead of a vicious bully, he has become thoughtful and compassionate (and cute), which makes it increasingly difficult for Amy to dislike him. If fact, her vengeance towards him turns to feelings of admiration and affection. Is she falling in love?
About the Author
Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. His passion lies in exploring the peculiarities in human behavior through imaginative storytelling. Mr. Edwards lives in Orange County, California.
Table of Contents
3. The Rules
4. Today The Future
5. The Border
6. Cover Girl
7. Greed Gulch
9. Theme Farm
10. Prefab Presidents
11. The Date
14. The Great Debate
15. The Vote
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment, author Bruce Edwards gives his audience a spirited, fun heroine with a rebellious strike, a fascinating love interest who knows how to be romantic, even if he’s just a teen, and a crazy, insane campaign to elect the next president of the United States. While it’s all great fun, and Amy, her love interest Peter, and the candidates for presidency, go on a rollercoaster ride of adventure during the campaign (seriously, they even end up in a fantasy land, talk to dead presidents,… the crazier, the better), there’s an intense political undercurrent, and it’s obvious some parts of the book entice the reader to think critically about the political games, and how they’re played, and what the consequences are for everyone. I never knew what to expect, and that, alongside with Amy’s bubbly, energetic, bright personality, is what I liked most about this book. An absolute thrill, and recommended to older middle graders, and young adults (and everyone who enjoys those genres). I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.