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Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections



by
Jeff Fleischer

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Zest
ISBN
9781936976904

Awards and Honors
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
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Why does America have a bicameral legislature? What do political polls really measure? A clear and comprehensive history of the electoral process and guide to becoming an informed voter.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7 1/2"

AR

9.2: points 11

Lexile

1350L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Aug 2016

Book Genres


Topics

U.S. history. Voting. Voters’, rights. Legislation. Congress. Government. Civics.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

In a conversational style, Fleischer attempts to make Civics 101 a little more interesting. He breaks down many terms and aspects of the election process to bring some clarity to what seems to be a long, convoluted method of choosing our nation’s leaders. The author provides many historical examples to illustrate his discussions of how and why elections work the way they do. This method, at times, proves to be quite tedious to read, as the true focus of the title is on promoting political participation in young people. The logic is that older adults vote more consistently; therefore, their issues and problems get more attention. Fleischer makes a strong case that if younger people voted more regularly, their concerns might become a larger focus for elected representatives. The sections on political volunteerism are well done, giving information that encourages readers to become involved even if they cannot use the ballot box. Discussions on the role of language and polls on language usage (for instance, the effectiveness of “death tax” vs. “estate tax”) during campaign promotions are a great way to get students thinking about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into commercials and rallies. This book is a timely addition to educate new and prospective voters, and it is not so specific to render it obsolete after the 2016 election cycle. VERDICT This would be an excellent supplement to a civics class, but its length and detail limit its appeal to anyone but the most hard-core political junkie.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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School Library Journal

In a conversational style, Fleischer attempts to make Civics 101 a little more interesting. He breaks down many terms and aspects of the election process to bring some clarity to what seems to be a long, convoluted method of choosing our nation’s leaders. The author provides many historical examples to illustrate his discussions of how and why elections work the way they do. This method, at times, proves to be quite tedious to read, as the true focus of the title is on promoting political participation in young people. The logic is that older adults vote more consistently; therefore, their issues and problems get more attention. Fleischer makes a strong case that if younger people voted more regularly, their concerns might become a larger focus for elected representatives. The sections on political volunteerism are well done, giving information that encourages readers to become involved even if they cannot use the ballot box. Discussions on the role of language and polls on language usage (for instance, the effectiveness of “death tax” vs. “estate tax”) during campaign promotions are a great way to get students thinking about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into commercials and rallies. This book is a timely addition to educate new and prospective voters, and it is not so specific to render it obsolete after the 2016 election cycle. VERDICT This would be an excellent supplement to a civics class, but its length and detail limit its appeal to anyone but the most hard-core political junkie.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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