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Owlkids Books Spring 2020 Frontlist

The Art of the Possible
An Everyday Guide to Politics
By (author): Edward Keenan Illustrated by: Julie McLaughlin
Edward Keenan ,

Illustrated by :

Julie McLaughlin


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) 5 - 8, Grade (US) 5 - 8
Mar 15, 2020
$13.95 CAD


9.5in x 7.5 x 0.19 in | 191 gr

Page Count:

64 pages
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Politics and government|Educational: Politics and constitution|Educational: Citizenship and social education|Educational: Philosophy and ethics|Children’s / Teenage: Social issues / topics
An OLA Best Bet , Winner The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award 2016, Short-listed Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2016, Long-listed

A youthful overview of politics and the political process

·   Framed around the idea that everyone in a society influences politics, even young people

·   Helps develop political awareness and critical thinking skills

·   Includes diverse anecdotes from across history and the globe

·   Back matter contains glossary, index and sources

We all know what a politician looks like, right? They’re old people who wear suits and make long, boring speeches full of indecipherable words. Not so fast! As The Art of the Possible explains, everyone is a politician — even young people who aren’t yet eligible to vote. We all have influence over how politics function.

But what are politics, and why do we need them? This book answers the universal query in nine short chapters that explain everything from why we form societies and the basic types of governments to the power of public opinion, methods of rhetoric and the reasons why politicians “lie.”

Written in an accessible, conversational voice and packed with anecdotes and case studies from across history and around the world, this book helps foster independent thought and curiosity about how a government works — or doesn’t work. Readers will come away equipped with the  knowledge they need to understand current events and elections, and maybe even be empowered to civic action themselves.

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"A demystifying resource that encourages readers to take interest and take action." - Publisher's Weekly

"An optimistically presented introduction to politics." - Kirkus Reviews

"Thanks to accessible content that will resonate with most students...this logical, relevant approach, combined with realistic suggestions on how to get involved, makes for an engaging alternative to standardized texts and just might spark some political careers." - Booklist

"A highly accessible introduction to politics...a useful addition to most collections." - School Library Journal

"Informative and insightful." - Waterloo Region Record

"Easy to take to heart, and has the potential to change the way young people see their world." - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"Succeeds in conveying a topic often not covered at this grade level...a necessary book. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"Easy to understand...examples are very concrete. An ideal entry point for youth...may even serve as inspiration for anyone looking to become more involved." - Resource Links

"A great addition to a school curriculum's study of government." - The Calgary Herald

"The readability, practical examples and illustrations...present this important material in an appealing format for the target audience. Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials

"An excellent and indispensable resource." - Canadian Children's Book News

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