Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Andisheh Nouraee
Aimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the U.S. government, this unique blend of humor and information is a cross between a textbook and a satire.
A crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world, it touches upon a variety of topics-historical and current-and explains how they unfolded and why they are important in the political and governmental arenas. Funny and intelligent writing, very reminiscent of the Daily Show, provides insight into the American electoral system, the world economy, the role religion plays in world conflicts, and America's place in world. The final chapter provides information about how to get involved.
Authors will have a Web site dedicated to the book where information can be updated, teens can read more and find out ways to get involved, can join online discussions, and speak their minds about the issues.
Jodi Anderson is a New York Times best-selling author of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches. Before becoming a full-time author, she was an editor at HarperCollins and 17th Street Productions.
Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of several books for young adults including Friend Is Not a Verb, Dirty Laundry,10 Things to Do Before I Die and Drawing A Blank, which received two starred reviews. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.danielehrenhaft.com
Andisheh (An-dish-ay) Nouraee is a writer for CARE, one of the world's largest humanitarian aid agencies and a columnist for Creative Loafing, an alt-weekly newspaper in Atlanta. His syndicated column, "Don't Panic" is a sarcastic, informative examination of American policy and world affairs. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.