How Not to Run for President
By Catherine Clark
(EgmontUSA, Hardcover, 9781606841013, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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"Humorous dialogue, smart pacing and some dirty politics make for an engaging read.
With an election around the corner, this isn’t a bad way for young readers to view the political arena."—Kirkus Reviews
When the middle school band is called to play for a presidential campaign rally, Aidan is right there with his clarinet, just in time to save the candidate’s life. Interviewed by the media, he speaks up in favor of the need to save jobs—like his mom’s, for instance. Even though he’s in the middle of Little League season, for pete’s sake, the candidate convinces him to join her tour of the midwest.
Problem 1: The candidate’s daughter HATES Aidan. Problem 2: What do you do when your whole life has been turned upside down and you can’t get away from the media? Problem 3: What’s a red-blooded American boy to do when he’s asked to play the clarinet on national TV and the local bully back home is giving interviews saying Aidan’s the nerd of the century?
A native of Massachusetts, Cathy Clark is a former resident of Maine, New York, Colorado, and Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota. She is the author of many books for teens and Meanicures, her first book for tween readers. She has a master of fine arts from Colorado State University.
"[A]musing moments, as well as the sympathy factor, to draw tween readers." School Library Journal on Meanicures
"[A] great book for reluctant tween readers...Chick Lit for Tweens!" - Truth be Told blog on Meanicures
"Features [Clark's] trademark sense of humor, terrific dialog, and memorable characters." - Kliatt, on The Alison Rules