Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make Elections Fun Again! by Dianne K. Salerni

Has the 2016 Presidential Election got you down? Sent you into a downward spiral of crying into your pillow and tearing off calendar pages in the hope of making time go faster?

Well, don’t let your middle grade readers succumb to the negativity. Bring a few laughs back into the election process with these light-hearted looks into elections and public office.

Oliver Watson, an overweight 12-year-old from Omaha, NE, fools his family and classmates into thinking that he is slow-witted when in fact he is the world's third-richest person. He overthrows foreign dictators, owns corporations, is a successful inventor and investor, and is on the way to attaining his goal of world domination. But when a provocation from his dad irks Oliver, he decides to put his plans for world domination on hold in order to beat the pants off the competition and win the middle school election. (from SLJ & Amazon)

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

Living in the White House is like being permanently grounded. Only with better security. First Daughter Audrey Rhodes is ready to give up and spend the next four years totally friendless―until she discovers Alice Roosevelt's hidden diary. The former First Daughter's outrageous antics give Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun...and get her into more trouble than she can handle. (from Amazon)

Eighth Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Reggie McKnight (aka "Pukey") is trying hard to stay under the radar after a really embarrassing start to the school year. But, he’s somehow been drawn into the middle of a big school election, a volunteer project at the local homeless shelter, and the role of "Big Buddy" for a kid in the neighborhood. (from Amazon reviewer, Lauren Nemroff)

As if being 12 3/4 isn’t bad enough, Vanessa Rothrock’s mother is running for president and it’s ruining her life. This hilarious debut novel about a girl who gets thrust into the campaign trail will have you laughing out loud and thanking your lucky stars that your mom never decided to enter a national election. (from Amazon)

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene swears he's given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he's running for Student Council president, against Jackson's former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it -- but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count. So Jackson assembles a crack team to make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school's greatest con ever. (from Amazon)


  1. I literally guffawed when reading I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. What a great list--I want to read them all now!

    1. I really want to read IAAGOUEAIWTBYCP.

      Geez, even the acronym is a mouthful. How funny is that?!

  2. Great picks. 8th Grade Super Zero is one of my all time favorites.

  3. These indeed are some some fun recommendations.

  4. These do look like fun election reads. :) My students are voting on their favorite "cat character" to get into the voting spirit. Can't wait to see which cat wins.

  5. Great round up and all sound like a blast of fun - and fun for kids to read and become these awesome characters and maybe inspired to do a little awesome themselves :) .

  6. Great post, Dianne! My kids all read I Am a Genius and LOVED IT!!!! I am wondering what they will read now to navigate this past election.


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