Synopses & Reviews
"As we enter into an election year where nothing less than the fate of our republic is at stake, this book is an important read for anyone interested in our politics." Hillary Rodham Clinton
All of the challenges facing our democracy today... problems with the electoral college, gerrymandering, voter suppression, lack of representation, voter disinterest, citizens who cannot vote, lobbying, money...lead to two questions: why doesn't every vote really count? And what are we going to do about it?
Author Elizabeth Rusch examines some of the more problematic aspects of our government but, more importantly, offers ways for young people to fix them.
"Fascinating....Like many well-executed books written for smart teenagers, You Call This Democracy? is enlightening for adults as well." The New York Times Book Review
"Rusch unites a passion for democracy with a belief in the power of young people to help restore it. A riveting must-read." Kirkus, STARRED review
"[A]n elucidating call to action, one chock full of engaging explanations, examples, charts, graphs, quotes, and names of activist groups focused on revising politically charged plots to undermine democratic processes." Booklist
About the Author
Liz Rusch lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two terrific kids, and one very funny, quirky dog named Reba. She has written more than one hundred magazine articles and more than a dozen acclaimed children's books, including picture books, middle grade books, fiction, nonfiction, and even a graphic novel. Liz has a background in economics and public policy. She once worked in the United States Senate as a staffer on the U.S. Senate Education and Labor Committee. There she advised members on education issues; drafted legislation; met with nonprofits, interest groups and lobbyists; and wrote talking points, speeches and press releases. The experience gave her an inside view into how the U.S. government really works.