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

Lerner/Zest. 2nd ed. ed. Mar. 2020. 256p. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541578968; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781541578975.
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Gr 8 Up–Primary elections, popular votes, the electoral college, political parties, and other commonly misunderstood civics topics are concisely explained in the second edition of this 2016 title. Written in a conversational tone, the text reads like course notes from a beloved teacher. Fleischer presents a potentially didactic subject matter in a digestible and organized manner. A historical overview of the formation of our government contextualizes the current social and political climate. Provided resources will help readers navigate the information landscape in an era of social media and misinformation. Those interested in learning more about an aspect of the election cycle, voting rights issues, or ways of getting involved will find this book to be a satisfactory tool for their information needs. This title is a history lesson, civics compendium, and call to action combined in one engaging volume.
VERDICT Recommended for middle to high school students, educators, and others interested in becoming civically informed and engaged.

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