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17 November 2010

First Daughter: Extereme American Makeover (Sameera Righton #1)

First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins is a look at politics through the eyes of a young woman whose father is running for President of the United States.

Sameera Righton, Sparrow to her friends, has been in politics her whole life. Her father was a diplomat when he and her mother adopted Sameera from Pakistan. But now that Mr. Righton is campaigning to be the President, a whole team will descend and make over Sameera - going so far as to create the persona "Sammy."

Sameera will battle to keep true to herself during the campaign. She has her own blog that her group of friends read - as opposed to the official SammySez blog that the campaign produces. As an adopted daughter she has a different perspective. And as a Pakistani girl in the world of Republican politics, she has a very different perspective.

Perkins has written a great account of politics and race in America. Sameera is a compelling character with a strong voice. First Daughter is a novel that is an interesting read that could begin many discussions - especially when compared to our country's current political swing. The sequel is called First Daughter: White House Rules.

Perkins, Mitali. (2007). First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. New York: Speak.

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