A Message From CJ DAUGHERTY, the Pretend President of the United States of America

You may remember whilst the US Election thingy was going on in the USA we here on YABuzz held our own election to see which #UKYA author you would elect to be the next President of America.

Initially votes were spread across a range of authors including Holly Smale, Helen Maslin and JK Rowling.

It very soon became clear there were two front runners. Melinda Salisbury and CJ Daugherty.

And CJ Daugherty made this pledge…

Very soon a coalition was suggested….

Then a clear winner emerged and CJ Daugherty was elected the ‘Pretend President of the United States of America’ with 37% of the vote.

A Message From CJ DAUGHERTY, the Pretend President of the United States of America

And today CJ speaks to you as the newly elected Pretend President of the United States of America…

A Message From CJ DAUGHERTY, the Pretend President of the United States of America

My fellow pretend Americans,

I stand before you, recently elected by you as the UKYA writer you would most like to be US president instead of Donald Trump.

I am deeply honoured. And I swear I will do my best to represent you honestly and fairly.

This is going to be amazing.

I want you to know that, as your pretend president, I will right wrongs. Fight wrong ‘uns. And stop all of general horribleness that I think it’s fair to say we all oppose.

Since receiving the news that you have chosen me as your pretend president, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the policies my government would enact. At the top of my agenda would be:

  • Returning fully staffed libraries to every town and school
  • Creating book subsidies for households that cannot afford to buy books
  • Creating a National Reading Day to encourage literacy
  • Building a network of book banks – Like food banks, but distributing free books to those in need of knowledge and beauty

This is just the beginning. I will also build a government of brilliant but vicious UKYA authors to help make the world better in every possible way. I’ve tried to place each writer in the best post based on their particular skills.

  • Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter, will be head of the military (armed with poison, swords and dragons)
  • Holly Smale, author of Geek Girl, will be head of MI5, for obvious reasons
  • Sophie McKenzie, author of Blood Ties, will be head of the Metropolitan Police Department
  • Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses, will lead the Justice Department
  • Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?, will oversee the new Department for Ensuring Equal Rights for Women
  • Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife That Killed Me, will be head of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Patrick Ness, author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here, will be in charge of Immigration and Refugees
  • Alexia Casale, author of The Bone Dragon, will be in charge of the Ministry of Magic

In addition, our Goodwill Ambassadors will include Cat Doyle (Ireland) and Cat Clarke (Scotland). [Please Note: I’m looking for a Cat in Wales.]

My friends, together we can turn this ship around. We can make the country –indeed, the world – better. And we can fill it with books.

I know these are dangerous days. Everything feels frightening. This is not the future we thought we’d have.

But I promise you, if we work together, we can build a better tomorrow.

We Present to you Your Pretend President of the USA – CJ Daugherty

CJ Daugherty is the author of The Night School series, and the co-author of The Secret Fire. She has been president in her own imagination since 1995.

And her book co-authored with Carina Rozenfeld, The Secret City

A Message From CJ DAUGHERTY, the Pretend President of the United States of America

‘Remember: Demons lie’

Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford’s St Wilfred’s College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now.

But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18, and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world.

There is one way to stop it.

Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast – the medieval French city of Carcassonne – and face the demons.

The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them.

But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them, or lose everything they love.

We couldn’t be more happy if we tried!

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