Spring 2024

Votes of Confidence, 3rd Edition

A Young Person's Guide to American Elections

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

A detailed primer on the United States election cycle – newly revised and updated!

Every four years, coverage of the presidential election turns into a horse-race story about who’s leading the polls and who said what when. Social media and online news have made it easier to spread false information (even by accident) and harder to know what’s accurate. It can be difficult to get good information about how the election process actually works, why it matters, or how you can get involved. Civics education and information about how our government functions is necessary whether you’re a longtime voter or a soon-to-be voter. This newly revised edition includes statistics and anecdotes from recent elections alongside straightforward, nonpartisan analysis and explanation. Author Jeff Fleischer uses a fun, casual voice and real-world examples to provide an essential resource that will remain relevant long after the next president is elected.

Praise for the second edition of Votes of Confidence:
“A very readable, engaging, and entertaining history of American elections and politics for young people.”—starred, Booklist

“Reads like course notes from a beloved teacher . . . A history lesson, civics compendium, and call to action combined in one engaging volume.”—School Library Journal

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 264
Publication Date 2024-03-05
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN052040, YAN051270, YAN025170
Dewey 324.60973
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

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.

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“Great to keep in any young adult library, and an excellent addition to any civics, history or government class. Very well done to help educate our young people on why politics and voting play a significant part in American society. Reviewer Rating: 5”—Children’s Literature