Strengths: Similar to the way many girls want to be princesses, many people think being a kid in the White House would be fun. I mean, they have their own bowling alley!! This story presents both the good and not as good things about living in the White House. I really enjoyed the tie-back to history, especially because Alice Roosevelt, whose supposed diary Audrey has found, was a delightful whippersnapper whose character I love. Strong voice from both first daughters. This story was plain fun to read. Great endnotes by author.
I'm excited to have such a strong debut by this author - it bodes well for the future!
Weaknesses: Although I find it charming, I do not think the cover will be very appealing to kids and will make it a harder sell. I hope I am wrong.
This book is perfect for grades 5-8.
This book would pair well with the picture book What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy... by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham
Publication date: Feb. 4. I read an e-galley of this book from NetGalley.