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Getting Elected: The Diary of a Campaign

Getting Elected: The Diary of a Campaign

by Joan Hewett, Richard Hewett (Photographer)

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- The Hewetts focus on the campaign of Gloria Molina, a young Hispanic woman who was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. With a skillful blending of text and black-and-white photos, they show readers the inner workings of a modern campaign, including details of staff operations and strategy sessions and descriptions of how candidate Molina gets her message to voters through modern media and old fashioned voter contact. The Hewetts capture both the highs and lows of the campaign, showing Molina happily addressing supporters and the staff desperately trying to counter negative advertising by an opponent. The quality of both the text and the photos is high throughout, and the book is very attractive. The Hewetts' choice of Molina shows readers that politics is not just for white males, and their focus on a local election shows the importance of volunteers and individuals in a campaign. Additionally, the Hewetts refrain from showing political bias, concentrating on the details of the campaign and encouraging young readers to become involved in the political process. Because Getting Elected lacks the background found in Raber's Election Night (Lerner, 1988) and many other titles about elections , it should be considered by libraries which have a good basic collection about the election process and need supplemental materials to fill in gaps. --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, Mo.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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