Time to Vote!

by kiya@evpl on Tuesday, October 14 2008, 7:29pm. Viewed 1,059 times.


book jacket Vote for Larry  book jacket First Boy  book jacket Long May She Reign  book jacket Wide Awake

Several fiction books about Elections and the Presidency:

Vote for Larry by Janet Tashjian

Josh Swensen made national news as Larry, an anti-consumerist blogger, in The Gospel According to Larry. He's back, and running for President in Vote for Larry. He knows he's too young to serve, but wants to use his near-celebrity status to raise issues important to young people that aren't being addressed by the major party candidates. Very thought-provoking, and a good follow up to the first book. Rumors are that a third book, Larry and the Meaning of Life, has just been published. Maybe you'll see it on our shelves soon!

First Boy by Gary Schmidt

Cooper Jewett lives with his grandfather on their dairy farm in New Hampshire. He's a pretty ordinary high school freshman, but one day notices that men in suits driving black sedans start showing up around his hometown, and they seem to be watching him. What he doesn't know is why, and how much trouble he might be in, and how on earth he might get out of it.  This was pretty interesting - even when I thought I had things figured out, there was a twist or two at the end waiting to surprise me.

Ellen Emerson White's series about The President's Daughter

I've only read the last book in the series, which was published recently. The first three books have been ordered, though, and will be here soon. Meg, who is sixteen in the first book, has just moved to Washington DC after her mother was elected President. Suddenly, Meg and her family have many adjustments to make. Meg has a wicked sense of humor, a complicated life, and a love for the Boston Red Sox. The other titles in the series are: White House Autumn, Long Live the Queen, and Long May She Reign.

Wide Awake by David Levithan

Set in the future, the candidate running for President in this book will be the first gay, Jewish president if he is elected. It's fun to figure out what must have happened between NOW and the time this book takes place by putting together all the clues and bits of information dropped as Levithan tells his story.

What books and novels about politics and elections have you read and enjoyed?


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kiya@evpl wrote
on Monday, October 27 2008, 9:45am

The first three books in Ellen Emerson White's series The President's Daughter have arrived - I've started the first, and they've all moved to the top of my ToBeRead pile. Interest builds quickly as Meg's mom makes the decision to run for President, and the campaign gathers momentum. I'm a bit of a politics junkie, and I enjoy that the author talks about the issues, and how Meg is drawn to politics in spite of herself. As a family member of a politician, she has seen the sleazy side of politics, and is very wary of the process and what it does to people. Still, she has also seen the good her mother has accomplished. It all leaves her with very mixed feelings about her mother's candidacy and eventual election.