Fourth Grade Journey

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Campaign by Leila Sales

How I Heard About It:
*Amulet Books was gracious allowing me to download an electronic ARC of the September 2020 middle-grade novel.  This will be the perfect story for the upcoming election season.  

What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1.  *Maddie is twelve years old, doesn't really love school, but is completely interested and obsessed with her art classes.  

2.  *When she finds out the candidate running for Mayor, wants to cut all the art programs in their town, Maddie realizes she must do something.

3.  *She learns she herself can't run for Mayor, but convinces her life-long babysitter, and friend, Janet, to run against the evil woman who wants to abolish the arts.  

4.  *Janet agrees to run against Lucinda, and Maddie becomes her campaign manager.  

5.  *The two of them work together to defeat Lucinda, learn a whole lot about politics, and fight for what they know is important and necessary.  

What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1.  *I can see this being a fun, and timely read, with the 2020 election coming up.  

2.  *Maddie was a strong and independent female character and provided a wonderful example of the power of young people.

3.  *There were definitely some events in the story that were a bit far-fetched, but I didn't take it too seriously and tried not to worry about it.  

4.  *Any story where the young character goes up against the "evil" adult, is a winner in my book.

5.  *There would be lots to talk about dealing with politics, activism, and fighting for a cause.  

Who Should Read It:
*I could recommend the novel for a class read aloud in grades three through six.  Being that Maddie is a middle-school student, I believe the middle-school reader would enjoy her adventure.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  3 STARS out of 5 Stars

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