Meg Powers is a bright, if somewhat under-achieving student, an avid Boston Red Sox fan, an impressive tennis player, and she has more than a little appreciation for sarcasm. What happens to her ordinary high school life when her mother runs for President of the United States?
This is the first book in a series by Ellen Emerson White, and Meg is one of my favorite literary characters. Although it was originally written in the 1980s, it was later updated to remove some dated references and to include more current ones. This book features incredible, original characters with excellent dialogue and realistic relationships in an unusual context.
Subsequent books about Meg Powers include White House Autumn, in which Meg and her family are trying to deal with their new life in Washington, when suddenly, her mother is shot.
The third book, Long Live the Queen, depicts Meg being kidnapped and trying to survive a horrific situation, and trying to come to terms with the life she knew.
The fourth book, Long May She Reign, shows Meg attending college and trying to deal with the residual physical and emotional problems from her kidnapping. This book does an excellent job showing readers how the recovery from a serious ordeal takes a long time, and how trauma touches multiple facets of a person's life, family, and decisions.
The first two books are appropriate for most sixth grade readers; the next two are probably better suited for grades nine and up, due to mature subject matter.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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