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“A crisply authoritative first-person narration and a plot line shot through with glimmers of fiercest hope make the fourth installation of the President's Daughter series a novel to luxuriate in.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“...Meg embarks on her first year of college with the courage, wit, and strength of character seldom seen in so young a heroine. The novel is most effective in dealing with her chilling recollections of what happened and her fear that it will happen again....The dynamics of a family coping with crisis are also well defined....Meg shows readers that despite any problem they may encounter, life is still worth fighting for. All is all, this is an intense, suspenseful, and stirring read.” ―School Library Journal

“What really makes the novel work are White's richly drawn characters, dry humor, dead-on dialogue, and expert exploration of Meg's post-traumatic stress.” ―Booklist

“...a moving story of rehabilitation, of college friendships and romance, and of a family healing from its many psychological wounds.” ―KLIATT

“Meg's ordeal and celebrity status have built-in voyeur appeal, and the hip dialogue will hook teens....Meg's character and personality will propel readers through hundreds of pages....a thought-provoking read...” ―VOYA

“...NO, you don't have to read the first 3 books to read the last. But, having read the last, you'll want to read the first 3.” ―A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy (blog)

“Reading Long May She Reign was like catching up with an old friend.” ―cornerbooks (blog)

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Meg Powers is the daughter of the President of the United States. She's about to start college. She's living through the worst year of her life. In June, Meg was kidnapped by terrorists―brutalized, starved, and left for dead. She was shackled in a deserted mine shaft and had to smash the bones in her own hand to escape.

Meg Powers survived the unthinkable. Ahead of her is the grueling physical therapy to heal her broken body, and the challenge of leaving the safety of the White House for her freshman year at college.

But harder still than the physical and social challenges ahead are her shattered sense of self and her family. Will she ever forgive her mother, the President, for her "can not, have not, and will not negotiate with terrorists" stance―even when it came to her own daughter? And, can Meg forgive herself for having the strength, the intelligence, and the wit to survive?

In a brilliant tour de force, Ellen Emerson White tells her most ambitious and intense story about a most unlikely, but deeply affecting, heroine.

Ellen Emerson White started writing about Meg Powers in The President's Daughter and continued in White House Autumn and Long Live the Queen (coming in 2008 from Feiwel and Friends). When Ellen is not writing, she's watching the Red Sox. She lives in New York City.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: President's Daughter
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; Reprint edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312367678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312367671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ellen Emerson White has lived in New york City for many years, but still hankers for New England a bit.

She roots for the Red Sox, even when they are not at their best.

She is wicked private.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on November 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've long been a fan of Ellen Emerson White for her subtlety and insight, and this book showcases her great skill.

This book, the long-anticipated fourth in a series about Meg Powers, the daughter of the first female president, deals with the aftermath of Meg's kidnapping and torture. The trauma shows up in both overt and more understated ways--Meg deals with screaming nightmares and tears, yes, but she's also suddenly unable to tell when she's hungry after 13 days of starvation, and alarmingly unconcerned about it.

This book is also a sequel, in a way, to Friends For Life, featuring Susan McAllister (and a too-short reference to Beverly and Derek from Life Without Friends) and her relationship with Meg as Meg's residence hall advisor. We don't see quite enough of Susan, but she's well-used in the story.

There were several sections that broke my heart into little-bitty pieces, particularly the conversations that Meg has with her mother as they finally are able to talk about the ordeal, and a late-night conversation with a Secret Service agent about one of Meg's nightmares.

I tried, several times, to set this book down and go to bed, but I was utterly unable to sleep until I'd finished it. Ms. White has a powerful command of storytelling, making this a very compelling tale.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on October 31, 2007
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Eighteen-year-old Meg Powers lives on the constant edge of a nervous breakdown. It was bad enough when her mother first took office, becoming the first female U.S. president. But, last spring, Meg was abducted by a terrorist group who submitted her to thirteen days of physical and emotional brutality. Finally abandoned, in chains, to die in an abandoned mine shaft, Meg survived solely because of her own wits and daring.

Now, mere months after her ordeal, Meg struggles to cope. In addition to the pain of her seriously damaged hand and knee, and the ever-present terror of which she cannot let go, there are mobs of reporters and photographers shadowing Meg's every move. Why can't the world leave her alone to heal, instead of adding to her stress? Meg surely doesn't understand.

Despite all the obstacles, Meg decides to attend Williams College for the second semester of her freshman year. It was, after all, where she had intended to go before everything happened, and Meg figures that isolating herself in the White House isn't doing her - or her family - any good. Although no one ever speaks about it, it's obvious that Meg's ordeal has irreversibly changed her family life, as her parents' marriage is challenged, and her younger brother Steven tries to deal with his fury.

But not only do the same problems follow Meg to Massachusetts, they increase exponentially. Having Secret Service agents and equipment all over her residence hall hardly endears Meg to her classmates. Even worse, the paparazzi is hindering their lives as well.

Meg struggles to hold on, both physically and emotionally, hoping fervently for a day in the near future when things will get easier.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cate on September 30, 2008
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Meg Powers is back, after a twenty-year hiatus. Like everybody else, she's been affected by the times: she now drinks Coke instead of Tab, reads Anne Tyler instead of Alison Lurie, has a computer and an iPod instead of pens and a boom box -- but, reassuringly, she still loves herself a little Joan Jett.

In this very long-awaited sequel to The President's Daughter series, Meg, at age 18, is dealing with the kidnapping that has left her with a permanently damaged knee and hand, recurring nightmares, increased security and public scrutiny, and the knowledge that her mother, AKA the President of the United States, let the entire world know that she was willing to let Meg be executed rather than negotiate with terrorists. Since life at the White House isn't working for her, Meg enrolls at Williams for the winter semester. The bulk of the book follows Meg through her first semester. Like most freshmen she meets new people, finds a boyfriend, jousts with her professors, all under the watchful eye of her security guards and the swarm of paparazzi who follow her everywhere. As she struggles, not even to fit in but just to get through it all, she still has to address the issue that is an underlying theme in all four books in the series: her relationship with her mother.

The book runs just over 700 pages, which is kind of a chunk, but it's good to see Meg and her family again, not to mention best friend Beth (probably my favorite character) and even Susan McAllister from "Friends for Life." And any girl with a mother is going to be interested in how the two Powers women work through their issues. In fact, this is where White really shines: the dialogue is realistic to the point where it's sometimes wrenching, the characters are believable, and the whole thing is not without its fair share of humor. All in all, well worth the time it takes to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2009
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Six months ago Meg was kidnapped by terrorists who made sure she understood that she would never leave them alive. Over the course of thirteen days, they shattered her knee, deprived her of food and water and then left her to die chained up in an old mine shaft. Unable to face such a fate, Meg smashed the bones in her hand in order to slide out of the handcuff and then stumbled through the woods until she found people who could call in the cavalry. After being rescued, Meg still has a long road ahead of her: numerous operations and grueling physical therapy not to mention dealing with the fallout over her mother's (the President) controversial statement: "can not, have not, and will not negotiate with terrorists." Yeah, that's her daughter she's talking about. Comforting huh? Meg finds she's in serious trouble of never coming out of her depression while living scared at the White House and so persuades her parents to let her attend Williams College even though she is far from being well enough to go.

At Williams, Meg is more on her own than ever before and constantly feels like she is the brunt of her classmates disdain. Slowly she begins to make friends (more because people bully her into it) with her hall adviser Susan and even begins a rocky relationship with Jack aka Malibu Bobby (say it with a Boston accent - it gets funnier every time). Setbacks happen but Meg is her old determined self and refuses to give up.

Can we talk about Preston for a moment here? I find him absolutely irresistible so would love to talk about him for hours. Preston is Meg's father's press secretary and basically the best friend of the entire family. The man is smart and funny, knows how to rock a suit, and is so loving and caring that frankly, my heart just melts a little every time he speaks.
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