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Overview

   Kevin Spencer, the hero of Liar, Liar, Flat Broke, and Crush, has a knack for tackling big ideas and goofing up, so what's next? Politics, of course! He's running for office, and his campaign is truly unique.
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Overview

   Kevin Spencer, the hero of Liar, Liar, Flat Broke, and Crush, has a knack for tackling big ideas and goofing up, so what's next? Politics, of course! He's running for office, and his campaign is truly unique.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
Meet Kevin Spenser—a willy-nilly kind of kid who finally has a "keeper" girlfriend. His life has been consumed with crazy schemes to snatch up the girl of his dreams throughout the first three episodes of the series—Liar, Liar, Flat Broke, and Crush. Tina Zabinski is his steady girlfriend and in order to keep her, he elects to make a lasting impression by throwing his hat into the campaign for a recently vacated student body presidential seat. After all, this cool dude is capable, gifted, and a worthy candidate. Kevin's theory is that it is undemocratic to have a contender run unopposed—he learned that in social studies class, and a good looking new guy at school and mortal enemy, CA$H, who already has a slogan, is handing out buttons and eyeing Tina. The spotlight falls on Kev as he springs into action, strategizing and analyzing his qualifications and addressing the issues that will make him electable. Friends team up to lend support as the dynamics of pre-election rules are detailed in each chapter. It is entertainment at its best for middle schoolers, as the fourteen-year-old celeb hurtles through many hilarious adventures toward his claim-to-fame. Emphasis on family, friends, and school are commendable features. The slim book promises a quick read and an enticing conclusion—Kevin is planning the world's most perfect third date with Tina! Does another Gary Paulsen series title loom in the future? Reviewer: Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal - Audio
09/01/2013
Gr 5–7—Kevin Spencer is back in another humorous outing. This time, having gained the "World's Most Beautiful, Most Perfect, Best-Smelling Girl" as his official girlfriend, he's determined to impress Tina enough so that she will stay with him. When he learns that his nemesis, the ultra-handsome Cash Devine, is running for class president, Kevin decides that throwing his hat in the ring (and winning the presidency) would be the perfect way to impress his girlfriend. How can he lose? In this first-person narration, he assures listeners that he knows all of the ins and outs of campaigning and clearly has the makings of a true leader. Of course, he must first conquer his intellectual rival Katie, who is serving as Cash's campaign manager. Although there may be some doubt that an eighth-grader would be quite this savvy about the world of politics, the humor and likable nature of the main character should win over many listeners. Jesse Bernstein steps up with an appealing voice for Kevin. His pacing fits well with the energetic, humorous nature of the story and he provides some solid variation for the supporting cast of characters. While this title (Random/Wendy Lamb, 2013) may not be quite as strong an entry as some of the other titles in Paulsen's series (Liar Liar, Flat Broke, Crush), fans of Kevin and those new to the stories will find plenty of fun in this audio presentation.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer finds himself running for student-body president against handsome Cash Devine. He hadn't planned to, but now that he and Tina Zabinski, the world's best-smelling girl, have had their first date, he wants even more to impress her. If Cash wins, she may just realize that he is amazing and that Kevin is a dud. Unfortunately, Kevin's nemesis seems always to be a step ahead. A funny addition to the several books about Kevin, Vote is filled with lessons and commentary about today's political system, with subtle jibes that kids are not likely to notice. A good book for reluctant readers and fans of Paulsen's "Lawn Boy" (Random) series.—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Kevin knows the buzzwords that will surely get him elected student-body president; it's unfortunate that he's running for the wrong reason. Kevin's gotten into trouble before (Crush, 2002, etc.). In this fourth, funny outing, he navigates the mostly self-created obstacles of eighth grade. This time, having achieved a first date with his new girlfriend, Tina, he realizes that a new student, good-looking Cash Devine, is running unopposed for student-body president--and capturing lots of attention in the process. That just doesn't seem right to Kevin. After all, he's the one with all of the natural leadership ability, and he knows, somehow, all of the ins and outs of campaigning. However, he might not know quite as much as Cash's campaign manager, Kevin's clever rival, Katie. The strength of this effort comes from the surfeit of hyperbole that Kevin effortlessly churns out in his rarely self-critical but frequently amusing first-person narration. Each chapter title offers yet another pithy rule for aspiring politicians: "The True Politician Deftly Sidesteps Problems That Might Arise from an Overabundance of Truth," for example. Many of these "rules" seem unlikely to arise from the brain of an eighth-grader however, making this a little less credible than others in the series. Still, especially for kids who have watched recent elections, Kevin's brand of campaigning is readily recognizable. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469278384
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Among his Random House books are Road Trip (written with his son, Jim Paulsen); Crush; Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Paintings from the Cave; Woods Runner; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy; Lawn Boy Returns; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; The Legend of Bass Reeves; The Amazing Life of Birds; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books; The Beet Fields; Soldier’s Heart; Brian’s Return, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Hunt (companions to Hatchet); Father Water, Mother Woods; and five books about Francis Tucket’s adventures in the Old West. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Lukas

    Ansley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Fu<_> ck you all.

    Seth is leaving and you care about who will be the leader? <br> Yeah. <br> Fu<_>ck you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    The Doctor to all

    Seth will be back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Silver & all mai other RP's

    1. Silveh! Moi! <p> 2. Envy! Chur mai bestie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Snowskull ж

    1. Pantherstrike<br>
    2. Fox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Four

    I vote no. <p>
    To the children below me who believe it's a good idea, just think - Are you willing to give up the right of free speech to Emris? He will lock out anyone whose post he thinks does not conform to his rules of a perfect society; a Light Yagami of the roleplay world, if you will. It may help things a little, but that doesn't mean it's right. Everyone deserves an equal chance in roleplay, in fact, many people come here for that reason. They're not feeling equal in real life because of looks or something, so they create their perfect character here. Emris is thinking of taking this away. 'Do what l tell you or leave,' is essentially the message that l took from his efforts. It may be different for you, but we are all entitled to different opinions. <br>
    I won't judge you for yours. I simply see, think, and try to persuade. The rest is up to you.<p>
    "He who sacrifices a little freedom for a little safety deserves neither." <br> ~Benjamin Franklin<p>
    Thank you for your time and consideration. <p>
    ~Four<br>
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    My vote

    I think this is fair, i honestly dont like it when ppl have thoes 'ppl dont like me tantrums' so if this will help, then im in! Yes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    My vote

    Nope. Get the nrpc away. Name tje clan as you please, raid a clan if you please, make a clan if you please, and dont take orders from a teenager. Plus you can fight another clan if you please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    My vote

    I vote no. No hard feelings, but i dont like evil clan restrictions and the fact that people cant name their clan wht they want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    VOTE FOR THE NRPC

    I vote yes. I agree with everything said except for the evil clans restriction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Z's vote

    I vote for leo and bw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Bw aNd seth

    I vote for Bw and seth. They seem responsible and nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Bw to seth

    Read my msg at discovr 6th res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Bw and Leo

    ~ Kayla. Since I dropped out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Bw and leo

    Shaylee- thats everyone i am voting for :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    I vote for bw and leo

    &#167&#1108&#1026

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Kiley

    I vote for leo and riley ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    I Vote For Bw

    ~ Sierra &#9825

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Leo

    Riley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Bw

    Slade

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