After years of steering clear of the spotlight, one of President Bush’s twin daughters is writing a book about a teen mother in Central America who has the AIDS virus.
Jenna Bush, 25, will release in the fall “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” based on her work as an intern with United Nation’s children’s agency UNICEF.
Publisher HarperCollins said in a statement Tuesday that it had bought the world rights to the book.
Susan Katz, publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said the young-adult, nonfiction project would be based on Bush’s experiences with UNICEF in Central America. It will focus on the story of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV.
Bush has been a UNICEF intern since last fall, working in Argentina, Paraguay and Panama, where she is now teaching at a shelter. She said she had been inspired to write the book because of her work with adolescents.
“These young people have faced extreme hardships and exclusion but are strong in spirit and have an incredible will to succeed,” Bush said in a statement.
“Through their stories, it is my hope to motivate young Americans to increase their awareness of other young people around the world: to learn about the challenges they face, how they triumph over adversity, and to become involved in helping them.”
Financial terms were not disclosed, although bidding had reportedly topped $300,000. Some of the author and publisher proceeds will be donated to the U.S. fund for UNICEF.
Bush, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English, was an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C., for a year and a half before embarking on an internship with UNICEF in Panama.
Bush gained a reputation as a party girl in her college days, when she and sister Barbara faced charges of underage drinking.
The White House has tried to keep the twins out of the public spotlight, although they did make the headlines in Argentina in November when one of the twins had her purse stolen in San Telmo, a popular tourist area.