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Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America

Abrams ComicArts. Apr. 2020. 208p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781419739989.
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Gr 8 Up–After seeing his students become disillusioned following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, college professor and author Jenkins responded by creating a graphic novel that highlights key events and issues throughout history that have shaped the way Americans vote. He covers familiar topics such as the Boston Tea Party and women’s suffrage but also sheds light on gerrymandering and voter intimidation. Jenkins’s perspective is balanced, as he reflects on how both political parties have failed to address voting issues. Lacker’s simple, uncluttered artwork balances out jam-packed text bubbles, adding clarity to the rich mosaic of information.
VERDICT While voter apathy led to many refusing to participate in the 2016 elections, anticipation for the 2020 elections has been building steadily. Jenkins’s rousing work will inspire students to educate themselves on the issues—and, when the time comes, to vote early and often.

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