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Class Election (Secrets to Ruling School #2)
     

Class Election (Secrets to Ruling School #2)

by Neil Swaab
 

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Middle school expert Max Corrigan is back in the second book of this hilarious middle-grade series, and he wants YOU to run for class president. This book by comic artist Neil Swaab, which follows the hit first book, The Secrets to Ruling School, is a perfect read in advance of the 2016 elections and ideal for budding republicans, democrats, and

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Middle school expert Max Corrigan is back in the second book of this hilarious middle-grade series, and he wants YOU to run for class president. This book by comic artist Neil Swaab, which follows the hit first book, The Secrets to Ruling School, is a perfect read in advance of the 2016 elections and ideal for budding republicans, democrats, and independents.
 
The competition is fierce, but luckily, you’ve got a killer campaign manager on your side. With Max’s help, you’ll conquer all the steps of running for office and winning votes, including advertisements, endorsements, campaign speeches, and more. Along the way, you’ll learn more essential skills for thriving in middle school, including making a viral video, trading your lunch in the school cafeteria, and putting a positive spin on any situation.
 
Neil Swaab once again combines comics, kid-friendly humor, and direct-address narrative perfect for reluctant readers in an innovative format reminiscent of video games that is “sure to hit the mark with middle schoolers in the trenches” (Publishers Weekly) and with fans of the Big Nate and Terrible Two series.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
08/01/2016
Gr 4–6—Max Corrigan is back. This time he's orchestrating a class election for the New Kid. Max provides a list of doublespeak words and phrases sure to dupe adults, a microtrade strategy for winning friends and influencing people, and advice on how to get through English class without ever reading a book. With campaign strategies such as "How To Be the Most Interesting Person in School (Even if You're Duller Than a Dentist's Waiting Room)" and "How To Suck Up to Your Teachers Without Looking Like a Total Brown-Noser," how can the New Kid lose? A tangle of favors and bribes complicate the campaign against a rich-kid opponent, and, of course, Max is the last to see the problem. Max's direct address to the New Kid, while engaging, will confuse readers unfamiliar with the first book, especially since the New Kid doesn't show his face outside the boys' bathroom. If they stick with the book, middle schoolers will likely enjoy the true-to-life melodrama. Hopefully readers will see behind the snarkiness of Max's pronouncements to the deeper truth, though the sometimes bawdy, in-your-face humor may stand in the way of that insight. VERDICT Recommended for reluctant readers and fans of graphic novels and hybrid books.—Katherine Koenig, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kirkus Reviews
2016-06-22
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president.Being ever the man with a plan, Max adroitly pushes the never-named New Kid into the race. What does a winning campaign need? First, an issue…so how about promising to get the schoolwide ban on chewing gum lifted! Next on the agenda: line up a talented staff, hot teacher endorsements, and media attention for the "pro-gum candidate." Offering fiendishly plausible pointers on such skills as fake-reading an assigned book and impersonating callers on the phone, Max lays out a strategy that can't miss—unless, that is, a rival "one-percenter" candidate with a clever manager of his own steals the vote with glittering promises and showers of expensive swag. Using second-person narration addressed at the New Kid, Swaab tells the tale between the lines of Max's glib patter and frantic reactions to being outmaneuvered; cartoon line drawings on nearly every page convey side comments and punch lines. Max looks white, but names and, in the pictures, hair styles and facial features hint at some diversity in the cast. Readers who identify with the never-seen New Kid can pat themselves on the back as "you" repeatedly come through in the clutch. Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)
Children's Literature - Linda Sweitzer
Max Corrigan is back for another year of middle school. This time, he is taking on the task of being your campaign manager to get you elected as class president of William H. Taft Middle School. And he has a foolproof way of making it happen. He will take you through his “Nine-Point Ultimate Presidential Plan” of securing everything you need to win the election based on advertising, endorsements, the press, a campaign song, and much more. But your competitor is none other than Austin Marchman, the richest kid in school, who can, and will, buy his way to the top. This means that your campaign has to be more rewarding to your student voters. And what’s more popular than being the “Pro-gum Candidate” to get gum back into the classroom? As you go through Max’s nine points to win the presidency, you will find all the help you need from other students. That help, however, will come with a price tag as you make promises, once you become the president, to ensure new books for the book club, as well as new equipment for the band room, the film society, and the science room. And the real kicker? You have five days to get it all done. Swaab’s unique story telling involves the reader as a character running for class president in this second book of the series, in which Max continues to help out his fellow students. Adding to the effect, Swaab uses comic-style illustrations in which the characters look out from the page while they are talking to you. This title is also full of idioms and bathroom jokes. If you like Nickelodeon’s hit television series “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” this series is for you. Reviewer: Linda Sweitzer; Ages 8 to 11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419721267
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Series:
Secrets to Ruling School Series , #2
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
414,971
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author


Neil Swaab is an NYC-based illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Utne Reader, the Village Voice, and most recently, James Patterson’s Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar. Swaab has also illustrated posters for Broadway shows and worked on Adult Swim’s Superjail!, Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans, and Cartoon Network’s Annoying Orange. Learn more about Swaab at neilswaab.com.

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