Election Fiction for Grades 6-8

Nonfiction books on elections and voting can be found in Y 324; for books on presidents look in Y 353.03 or Y 921. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Author Title Call Number
BauerHope Was Here
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. (186 pp.)
Y Bauer
Gephart As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!
Preparing for spelling bees, having a secret admirer, and waiting for her chest size to catch up with her enormous feet are pressure enough, but twelve-year-old Vanessa must also deal with loneliness and very real fears as her mother, Florida's governor, runs for president of the United States. (227 pp.)
Y Gephart
HoweThe Misfits
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections. (274 pp.)
Y Howe
JohnsonThe Great Greene Heist
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed. (226 pp.)
Y Johnson
Paulsen Vote: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Politics
Fourteen-year-old Kevin impetuously announces that he will run for student body president, mainly to impress his girlfriend Tina, but soon gets excited about making a positive difference in his school and community. (131 pp.)
Y Paulsen
PhilbinThe Daughters Join the Party
Emma's senator-father is running for president, and when her rebellious style and indifference to rules and convention create problems, her good friends, who are also the daughters of well-known people, help her gain perspective. (269 pp.)
Y Philbin
RallisonHow to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend
Giovanna rashly breaks up with her boyfriend Jesse when he refuses to help her twin brother with his campaign for student council president, but fixing her mistake may be more difficult than she realizes. (265 pp.)
Y Rallison
Rhuday-Perkovich8th Grade Superzero
After half-heartedly joining his church youth group's project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade "loser" Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community. (324 pp.)
Y Rhuday-Perkovich
SchmidtFirst Boy
Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential election year, Cooper learns to stand up for himself. (197 pp.)
Y Schmidt
Sheldon My Perfect Life
Ella has no interest in running for class president at her high school, but her friend Lola tricks her into the challenge. (201 pp.)
TashjianVote for Larry
Josh runs for President as an advocate for issues of concern to youth and to encourage voter turnout. (224 pp.)
Y Tashjian
Van Dolzer Don't Vote for Me
Roped into running for class president against the most popular girl in school, David discovers another side to his opponent. (228 pp.)
Y Van Dolzer

Comics & Graphic Novels

Author Title Call Number
ShenNothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. (279 pp.)
Y Comic SH

Last Updated: 6/16


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