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Shaking Up the House by [Yamile Saied Méndez]

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Shaking Up the House Kindle Edition

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Gr 3-6-The latest arrival in the emerging genre of "presidential family" fiction. With young and new adult titles such as Casey McQuiston's Red, White, and Royal Blue and Shaun David Hutchison's The State of Us flying off the shelves, it is no surprise to see 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the backdrop for this middle grade title. Ingrid and Winnie Lopez have spent the last eight years at the White House as the country's first daughters. It is now time for them to turn the keys over to Skylar and Zora. However, preparations for the incoming family are delayed, and the four girls will have to stay under the same roof for several weeks. True to the White House's tradition of playing pranks on the incoming family, Ingrid and Winnie engage in an ongoing series of harmless gags with their successors. Events take an unfortunate turn when the pet ferret goes missing, and the girls' practical jokes interfere with official presidential business. Méndez has created a funny and diverse cast of characters subverting the representation usually seen in the White House. Ingrid and Winnie are Latina, and Skylar and Zora are African American. They openly talk about their experiences with racism and the pressure they feel to be on their best behavior. While their pranks began as innocent fun, they culminate in a touching friendship and show of solidarity. VERDICT An entertaining read, and a clever reimagining of First Daughter tropes, showing that anyone can be in the White House and have fun doing so.-Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Lib. Syst., Oklahoma Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"Full of fun, mischief, and surprising insider secrets about the White House, this book will have readers laughing and cheering along with every new prank. The López and Williams girls definitely get my vote!"

-- "Christina Soontorvant, author of Wish in the Dark"

"Fun, fast, and full of laughs, you've never seen the White House like this!"

-- "Ally Carter, author of the Gallagher Girls series" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B086SYBWX4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (January 5, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 5, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3066 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 247 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) is a fútbol obsessed Argentine-American. She’s the mother of 5 kids and 2 adorable dogs. Yamile’s an inaugural Walter Dean Meyers Grant recipient, a graduate of Voices of our Nation (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children program.

She’s represented by Linda Camacho, from the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
What a fun read “Shaking Up the House” was!

Firstly, I enjoyed the setting of the tale. The story takes place at the White House, and the author includes interesting tidbits about the historic location. The author wrote in a delightful manner where she progresses the plot smoothly while including some interesting facts. I love it when books teach me something new, and I enjoyed some of the trivia. For instance, I didn’t even know about Dolley Madison and the fire of 1812 until I read this story. Similarly, the second tunnels also added a nice touch to the story.

Secondly, I loved the diverse cast and enjoyed how the author represented them. Winnie, Ingrid, Skylar, and Zora shine in their way, and I liked how the author distinguished them. Each character brings something new to the story in the way they plot their pranks. The author also changes the chapter from each of the four’s perspectives, which made the book entertaining. Some of the pranks had me laughing out loud and got intense as the story progressed. A few of the highlights were the prank revolving around the green Jell-o powder and the underwear.

However, at the same time, while I enjoyed the pranks, I feel the young readers might think it is okay to try some of them. I wish the author had provided more details on the girls’ consequences towards the end.

Apart from that, this was a fun tale! Overall, “Shaking Up the House” is an entertaining middle-grade story that shows what happens when a friendly game of pranks spirals out of control.
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