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The Art of the Possible
An Everyday Guide to Politics
By (author): Edward Keenan Illustrated by: Julie McLaughlin
9781771470681 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from 5 - 8 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government Sep 15, 2015
$18.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.44 in | 417 gr 64 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
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
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.

Informational text features: table of contents, chapters, diagrams, sidebars, in-text definitions of key terms, glossary, index and sources

EDWARD KEENAN is a writer, talk radio host, youth baseball and hockey coach, and father of three children who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He is the city columnist at the Toronto Star where he covers people and politics, and has previously worked as a senior editor at The Grid and Eye Weekly, and as a blogger for The Walrus. His first book, Some Great Idea, a study of the political history of Toronto, was published by Coach House Books in 2013.

JULIE MCLAUGHLIN is a freelance illustrator whose clients include Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random House, and more. Her work has been nominated for several awards including the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, which she won for Why We Live Where We Live (Owlkids Books) by Kira Vermond in 2015. She is based in Victoria, BC.

"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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