1. Page 1- You had me at "Where are the girls?" Such a kid-like response that sets the stage for the entire story.
2. Grace- The perseverance this little girl has is remarkable. She has spunk. She has grit. She never gives up, even when she finds out that she's running against the school spelling bee champion/blue ribbon at the science fair winner/soccer team captain in the school election.
3. Mrs. Barrington- Don't we all want our kids to have a teacher like her? One who embraces his/her students' passions like Mrs. Barrington did Grace's and makes learning memorable and meaningful.
4. Illustrations- Pham packs, and I mean packs the book with amazing illustrations- campaign posters, campaign rallies, the "constituents" - they are all fabulous!
5. Civics- I know not everyone is interested in the specifics of citizenship but it is an important responsibility. This book is full of interesting vocabulary and important facts about our electoral process... but I promise it is told through an extremely engaging plot that kids will enjoy!
Parents: No doubt your kids have seen the political chaos we are all surrounded with these days. This book may help answer questions they might have or just give them some information about what it's like to be a citizen.
Teachers: This is the perfect text to help fulfill those civics standards! Also, great book to use for teaching characterization.
Writers: Strong, unique main character; weaving non-fiction elements into a fictional story; great first page