Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition

A Young Person's Guide to American Elections

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Every two years, media coverage of American elections turns into a horse-race story about who’s leading the polls and who said what when.

Give young adult readers clear explanations about how our election process actually works, why it matters, and how they can become involved. Using real-world examples and anecdotes, this book provides readers with thorough, nonpartisan explanations about primaries, the electoral college, checks and balances, polls, fundraising, and more. Updated with statistics and details from the 2018 elections, the revised second edition will prepare the next generation of voters for what is sure to be a fascinating 2020 election cycle.

“[A] very readable, engaging, and entertaining history of American elections and politics for young people. Highly recommended.”—starred, Booklist

“Fleischer presents a potentially didactic subject matter in a digestible and organized manner. Recommended for middle to high school students, educators, and others interested in becoming civically informed and engaged.”—School Library Journal

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978-1-5415-7896-8
$27.99
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$43.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 256
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN052040, YAN025170, YAN051250
Dewey 324.60973
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 1310
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Sidebars, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

School Library Journal

“Fleischer presents a potentially didactic subject matter in a digestible and organized manner. Recommended for middle to high school students, educators, and others interested in becoming civically informed and engaged.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“[A] very readable, engaging, and entertaining history of American elections and politics for young people. Highly recommended.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] solid and timely foundation.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Jeff Fleischer

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, editor, and journalist. He is the author of A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis is Changing Our World (Zest Books, 2021), Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections (Zest Books, 2020 and 2016), Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries (Zest Books, 2015) and The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias (Fall River Press, 2011). His fiction has appeared in more than seventy publications including The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, Shenandoah, The Saturday Evening Post, and So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Library and Museum. He has a master's in magazine journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's in both journalism and history from Indiana University.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition

Every two years, media coverage of American elections turns into a horse-race story about who’s leading the polls and who said what when. Give young adult readers clear explanations about how our election process actually works, why it matters, and how they View available downloads →