Holy 80s Flashback Batman!

I was going through my many, many, many book blog feeds today when I happened upon a review of Long May She Reign at The YA YA YAS (possibly the best name for a YA blog ever).

For those of you who don't know, Long May She Reign is the 4th book in the President's Daughter series, written by Ellen Emerson White. Never heard of it? Well...it's not exactly new.

You see, once upon a time I owned Long Live the Queen, the 3rd book in the series. Which I ordered from a Scholastic book order at school when I was in oh, I'd guess about 5th grade. Man how I loved Scholastic book orders. Book order day was practically the highlight of my life at that age. I loved looking through the order form almost as much as I loved getting the books. I can't tell you how happy I was that my parents actually bought books for me. We didn't have a lot of money (that's to put it rather mildly) but I don't think I ever when through a order form without getting at least one book. Thank you Mom!

Anyway, Long Live the Queen. LOVED it. I really, really did. Quick synposis - Meg Powers is the teenage daughter of the first female president of the United States. She's kidnapped from school (v. dramatic) by terrorists. Her mother does not negotiate with terrorists. The terrorists are rather...violent. And Meg? Meg is totally a kick-ass character if my memory serves me correctly. Seriously. Granted I haven't read the book oh um 15 years at LEAST but I remember it quite well. And as it was rated the 1989 ALA Best Book for Young Adults I'm probably not wrong (see, even as a tween I had excellent taste in YA).

Meg, quite simply, kicks ass. Seriously good strong heroine. Who kicks ass.

Now, this was back before I had ever heard of the internet. And um, I didn't own my first computer until 1998. And then I was a student who really only used her computer for school (confession: I sometimes miss researching term papers) and email. Also, I grew up in a small rural town...not exactly up and happening in terms of YA knowledge at either the school or public libraries if you know what I'm saying. Also, big library wasn't sure what to make of me, a lowly 10yo, checking out books from the YA section which which shelved beside the adult books and didn't have their own librarian (actually, the probably still don't come to think of it).

So I had no idea that it was part of a series. I remember wishing it was.

A year or so ago I looked it up online and it was out of print. So imagine my surprise when I happened upon that post about the 4th book in the series coming out. I didn't even know it WAS as series. And that it turns out the book I read was actually not the first. Let me do the math for you. Long Live the Queen was the third book in the series and was written in 1989. The 4th book is being released this month, in 2007. Yes, that is an 18 year gap between books.

And I'm as giddy as a school girl that it's being released.

Only one itty-bitty problem. I no longer own Long Live the Queen. And I've never read the two books that come before it (President's Daughter and White House Autumn). And it seems that the first three books in the series are not exactly quite what one would call "in print" according to Amazon, Chapters and BN and certainly not in stock.

And that is rather mean don't you think? I mean, they are releasing the fourth book in a series 18 years after the third one was released and I can't get my little hands on any of the previous books in the series.

That's just plain cruel. Damn you publishers! DAMN YOU!

EDIT: A wee bit more research has revealed they will be re-printed in Fall 2008. 2008! That's like a whole year away! I don't think I really need to explain what's wrong with that to you guys.