The Resource All-American girl, Meg Cabot

All-American girl, Meg Cabot

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All-American girl
Title
All-American girl
Statement of responsibility
Meg Cabot
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Language
eng
Summary
A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son
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Award
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 9-12), 2005.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2003
Review
  • Gr. 9-12. Cabot, author of the best-selling Princess Diaries series, offers another hilarious, page-turning fantasy about an outsider who is thrown into the glamorous spotlight. Unlike her older sister Lucy, high-school sophomore Samantha lurks on the edges of her school’s social scene. Her passions are art and, unfortunately, Lucy’s boyfriend Jack, a rebellious teen artist who lives in the same toney Washington, D.C., suburb. When Samantha inadvertently saves the president from an attempted assassination, her life drastically alters: she not only becomes a national hero and the “it” girl at her school but also ends up dating the president’s cute son. Absurdly far-fetched? Absolutely, but like Cabot’s previous books, that’s exactly why this is so much fun. Cabot throws in plenty of obstacles and well-paced social angst to keep up the suspense, making Sam’s romantic happy ending hard earned. There’s also surprising depth in the characters and plenty of authenticity in the cultural details and the teenage voices--particularly in Sam’s poignant, laugh-out-loud narration. Expect this to fly off the shelves. (Reviewed October 1, 2002) -- Gillian Engberg
  • Gr 5-10 –While waiting for her ride home from an after-school art class, Samantha Madison, a sophomore at John Adams Preparatory School in Washington, DC, inadvertently saves the President's life by jumping on the back of a would-be assassin. Suddenly, she is a celebrity, invited to the White House for dinner, named the teen ambassador to the U.N., and revered by her fellow classmates. Yet, even her new star status doesn't allow her to get what she really wants–a date with her sister's boyfriend, Jack. Hoping to make him jealous, she asks out the President's son. The plan backfires, but Samantha discovers who she really is in the process. Cabot uses vision as a metaphor for how a budding artist grows to "see" herself and others more clearly. The first-person narrative contains Samantha's top-10 lists between chapters, adding to the hilarious plot. The setting is used to interject a few historical facts about the White House and its former residents without intruding on the entertaining story. Readers will enjoy Samantha's interactions with the other delightful characters, especially her sisters. Cabot fully understands teens, their language, and their world. There are at least 10 reasons why libraries will want to own this book, but the most important one is that it simply will not stay on the shelves.–Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX --Linda L. Plevak (Reviewed October 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 10, p158)
  • The bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series turns to a different head of state in a comedy about a privileged but disaffected adolescent girl whose life undergoes a radical transformation when she instinctively jumps on a gunman, foiling his plan to assassinate the president. Samantha Madison, who dyes all her clothing black to show her high-minded solidarity with the hungry, the homeless, and the art-program–deprived, is anything but a heroic figure. The middle child in an overachieving Washington, D.C., family, Samantha is stuck between her pretty and popular older sister, Lucy, a cheerleader "whose primary concern . . . is not missing a single sale at Club Monaco" and her super-smart younger sister, Rebecca, who is so brilliant that she's "practically an idiot savant." Worse, Samantha is madly in love with Lucy's boyfriend, Jack, an alienated, earring-wearing, aspiring artist who not so incidentally also happens to be a hunk. Written in the first person, Cabot's strength is her heroine's funny, authentic voice, though her utilization of trendy labels and extreme colloquial style may limit the material's longevity. After saving the president's life, Samantha is suddenly catapulted from nobody to national hero in the world at large and from social outcast to social arbiter in the microcosm of her school. Ambivalence over her burgeoning celebrity and mushrooming popularity, coupled with high-level political conflicts involving her new duties as the US teen ambassador to the UN and a budding but bumpy relationship with the first son, keeps the plot rolling, all the way to its satisfying, distinctively American conclusion. Great fun. (Fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
082245
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cabot, Meg
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.C11165
LC item number
Al 2002
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 10
Reading level
5.9
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
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  • Presidents
  • Heroes
  • Interpersonal relations
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Humorous stories
  • Presidents
  • Heroes and heroines
  • Interpersonal relations
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Presidents
  • Attempted assassination
  • Teenage romance
  • Teenage girls
  • High school students
  • High schools
  • Children of presidents
  • Ambassadors, American
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Humorous stories
  • Heroes
  • High schools
  • Humorous stories
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Presidents
  • Schools
  • Washington (D.C.)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
All-American girl, Meg Cabot
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rdacarrier
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Control code
ocm49261104
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781435289727
Lccn
2002019049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)49261104
Label
All-American girl, Meg Cabot
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49261104
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781435289727
Lccn
2002019049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)49261104

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