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Review: WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Rebecca Behrens
Mar 26th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE

by Rebecca Behrens

Pub. Date February 4th 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Buy the Book: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound

Signed copy through Boswell Books, call 414-332-1181

From Goodreads:

First daughter Audrey Rhodes re-creates Alice Roosevelt’s infamous antics in this fun, smart middle-grade debut

First daughter Audrey Rhodes can’t wait for the party she has planned for Friday night. The decorations are all set and the pizza is on its way. But the Secret Service must be out to ruin her life, because they cancel at the last minute-citing security breach and squashing Audrey’s chances for making any new friends. What good is being “safe and secure” if you can’t have any fun?

Audrey is ready to give up and become a White House hermit, until she discovers Alice Roosevelt’s hidden diary. The former first daughter gives Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun…and more problems than she can handle.

My Review:

I don’t read that many MG novels, but I was totally captivated by When Audrey Met Alice, a story about a first daughter Audrey Rose discovering Alice Roosevelt’s diary in one of the closets in the White House. As Audrey tries to adjust to her own life as first daughter, Alice through her diary becomes Audrey’s guide. I love how Behrens uses historical information in this novel and mixed it with a modern story. I was transported to the White House and Audrey’s school. I got a very strong sense on how difficult life was for her living in the White House, always under a microscope and not seeing her parents much (her mom is president).

Going back to the history, I loved learning about what it would have been like for a first daughter in the early 1900s: fashion, trips, friendships, social pressures.

The description of the White House was very cool with the gardens, the bowling alley, the movie theater, the dining rooms, and bedrooms.6894558

Audrey is a very likable character who I believe many MG students will adore. There’s a good balance between history and present day, and I loved the use of a diary to share the information and how Alice ended every diary entry with: To Thine Own Self Be True. It’s a great message.

A winner, WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is a must for MGers, schools, libraries.

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