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White House Autumn

White House Autumn

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by Ellen Emerson White

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After ten months of living in the White House, seventeen-year old Meg Powers knew she should be used to the pressures of life in the spotlight—but she wasn't.
In addition to the usual senior year worries—college applications and Josh, her first serious boyfriend—Meg had to live up to what was expected from the President's daughter. She had to


After ten months of living in the White House, seventeen-year old Meg Powers knew she should be used to the pressures of life in the spotlight—but she wasn't.
In addition to the usual senior year worries—college applications and Josh, her first serious boyfriend—Meg had to live up to what was expected from the President's daughter. She had to suppress her sense of humor and watch the way she dressed and spoke. And she had to try to have a normal relationship with Josh despite intrusions by reporters and secret service agents who followed her everywhere.
Then, just when everything was already so difficult, a shocking attack on her mother makes life in the White House even more impossible. Meg, her father, and her two younger brothers find they must turn to one another for solace and support—while her mother's life hangs in the balance.

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“Apart from its novelistic merits, the book prompts thought on the burdens of public office, and the need for character in the elect and their families.” —Publishers Weekly

“These are situations under which Meg has no control; it's a harsh reality of her life, and of anyone's life, that sometimes our choices are narrower than we'd like.” —A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

Publishers Weekly

Meg, now a junior at an elite D.C. private school, has more or less adjusted to the constant scrutiny of being First Daughter and dealing with the Secret Service when a would-be assassin seriously injures her mother. White seems to understand the workings of the White House as well as any Beltway insider, and she imagines Meg's complicated responses with psychological insight and grim humor-think Cynthia Voigt crossed with Meg Cabot. Here is Meg, finding a photo of herself in a news magazine, taken as she sits alone in a hospital corridor, face buried in her hands: "The First Daughter in a moment of private grief, the caption said. And it was private. It didn't seem right that they could publish that.... The kind of picture that was going to show up in Year-in-Review issues." Nothing is easy or glib: the dramas, Meg's and the entire family's, are explored slowly, sometimes elliptically, invariably rivetingly. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Meatier than the well-crafted, believable The President's Daughter, White's sequel continues to chronicle events about the family of Katherine Powers, first woman President of the U.S. Meghan (Meg) is 17 and, with her younger brothers Steve and Neal, endures life in the spotlight while trying to carry on normally in private at home. Madame President and First Gentleman Russell are respected and she's doing well until a psycho wounds her seriously. Unsure whether she will recover, Russell and the children suffer severe traumas that they express in their own ways while relying on each other for solace and support. The media are more of a burden than ever; the author clearly delineates the effects of unremitting assaults as well as the Powerses' dignified ways of handling them. Apart from its novelistic merits, the book prompts thought on the burdens of public office, the need for character in the elect and their families. (12up)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9 Meg is the daughter of the first woman President of the United States (elected in The President's Daughter Avon, 1984). Her life is complicated by the ever-present Secret Service men and by the demands on her by the media and the White House photographerbut for the most part, she appears to have the same interests as other girls her age, including a boyfriend. But the attempted assassination of her mother, which seriously injures the President, shocks Meg out of her comparatively thoughtless existence to the realization that being in the public eye can threaten not only the character of family life, but even life itself. Dialogue among the family members is realistic. A pleasant, nondemanding book with a slightly different twist. And everybody recovers. Susan F. Marcus, Pollard Middle School Library, Needham, Mass.

Product Details

Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
President's Daughter Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
8.14(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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“Meggie?” Neal asked, sound scared.

“What?” She realized that she was trembling and must have unconsciously clutched at his arm. “I mean, don’t worry, everything’s okay.” Maybe if she kept saying it, it would be true.

“I’m scared.” He was crying again. “I want Mommy and Daddy.”

“I know. Don’t worry, they’ll be here soon.” She took a deep shaky breath. Now that she had started thinking, she couldn’t stop remembering the things she had read in books and seen on television her whole life, all the people who had been shot, all the—except she couldn’t. She couldn’t let herself think about it, she had to stop picturing the shots, her mother falling, the blood—stop it! she ordered herself. Stop thinking about it. You want to crack up in front of Steven and Neal? Get a grip, damn it!

But, that beautiful gray dress. Her mother falling, the blood spreading over the gray cloth, agents swarming around—stop it! Stop thinking about it.

Meet the Author

Ellen Emerson White started writing about Meg Powers in The President's Daughter and continued in White House Autumn, Long Live the Queen, and Long May She Reign, available from Feiwel and Friends (Fall 2007). When she is not writing, she's watching the Boston Red Sox. She lives in New York City.

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White House Autumn 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mosete More than 1 year ago
This book is good, but kind of confusing at times. Either way its still good.
Kasey Sherwood More than 1 year ago
I really like these books and I am on long live the queen where she shows great strenght to escape kiddnappers and retearn to her family. She has great bravery and you should defently read the series starting with the president's daughter. I am so moved by megs character and how supporteve her family is! Totally read!!!!!!!!!
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SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
After her mother became the first female President, Meg wonders if her life will ever resemble anything remotely normal. Feeling somewhat like she has a handle on her new school and enjoying a somewhat-normal relationship with cutieboy Josh (even if they can never truly be alone, what with the requisite security agents following her every move), Meg is hoping to simply enjoy her junior year. But it's hard to just be a teenager when the media wants to know every detail of your private life and pictures of her keep cropping up of her doing the most mundane things. Meg is trying to keep everything together when a shocking and horrible attack is made on her mother and Meg and her family are forced to turn to each other in their private, yet very public, grief. If I had simply read the synopsis of this novel, I would have been more than a little skeptical. I mean: female president is attacked - ensuing emotional crisis and shock - trite and overdone right? Just like her other novels, Ellen Emerson White handles this potentially disastrous subject with such careful handling, I couldn't help but be drawn into Meg's family's story. Trust me, this is one of those authors who never does anything half-way: Meg goes through such feelings of anger, shock and pain - all so quintessentially teenage responses but at the same time extremely unique and believable. Each member of her family expresses their grief in different ways and with her dad constantly away from home, it falls to Meg to help keep her younger brothers, Steven and Neal, from falling apart. Leaving Meg unable to fall apart of course. But Meg is more than competent and though it takes everything she's got, she begins to draw closer to her family in ways they never expected. Let's talk cover art for a moment here, shall we? This book is reminiscent of Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring - an extremely iconic work of the Dutch Renaissance. What I think I like best about this cover is that the cover artist chose to retain the same bright blue and yellow color scheme; a very smart choice since the dark background makes such colors essentially pop off the canvas, forcing the viewer to study her in exceedingly up-close-and-personal detail. I get the sense with the juxtaposition of Meg wearing her Red Sox cap and the iconic earring that Meg herself has become a study in contrasts - her tomboy nature clashing with her idea that she must be elegant and as put together as her mother. seemichelleread.blogspot.com
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Meg Powers is just a normal teenage girl living in Washington, D.C. -- except for the tiny little fact that her mother is the President of the United States.

Meg is actually getting used to living in the big, white house with her parents and two brothers, Steven and Neal. But when a gunman tries to take the life of the President, Meg faces the scary facts about being the First Family.

It's up to Meg to comfort her two brothers in between visiting their mother in the hospital and missing their father, who spends all of his time at the hospital, as well. And if that wasn't enough, Meg has to deal with the fact that her boyfriend, Josh, seems to be doing everything wrong. And can her friends really be real if they start acting weird around her because of her mother's accident?

Ellen Emerson White writes a compelling sequel about a teenage girl trying to understand the ropes of being the First Daughter. With WHITE HOUSE AUTUMN, the readers see a different side to the first family -- how stressful and scary it is to control security in an uncontrollable world.