Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 6, 2008

“First Daughter” Books for Adolescents

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 3:21 pm

I wonder if any of you have seen young readers with this series? The day after Super Tuesday seems like a good day to inquire.

The author, Mitali Perkins, uses the main characters in these novels to follow the real lives of the candidates’ children (hey this is the era of “nowhere to hide” from the media) to blog about the current political scene. Seems like a good way to encourage discourse about the 2008 election. KES



  1. I’m not familiar with these books Karen but they look very topical.

    Going along with what Lesesne says, we have to match our students up with
    the right books based upon their interests. This morning, I had a long conversation with a
    very unmotivated student about what he might be interested in reading. I knew that he liked
    Marilyn Manson so I suggested a biography. He told me he had read one already so I probed
    some more. Eventually he broke out in a big grin when he mentioned he had heard about a book
    by Nikki Sixx, the drummer for Motley Crue, entitled ‘Heroin Diaries’. I’m going to buy it
    after school today. It’s great when things seem to come together. Just having this conversation
    helped our relationship because it showed that I was interested in him as a person. Hopefully, this book
    will engage him. I’ll let people in the class know how it is when I read it.


    Comment by scrollman — February 6, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  2. Interesting Jon because I am re-reading IN THE MIDDLE. Such an extraordinary book. And Atwell is talking about her middle school kids’ obsession with Jim Morrison (have YOU read “No One Here Gets Out Alive?”) and the bio. This is 80’s stuff of course and Morrison is no longer as popular with present-day adolescents as he still was then but I just had to share.

    On re-reading Atwell — there’s no one better on how to engage adolescent readers and writers. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 6, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

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