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Class Election
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Class Election
Secrets to Ruling School Series, Book 2
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Middle school expert Max Corrigan is back in the second book of this hilarious middle-grade series, and he wants YOU to run for class president. This book by comic artist Neil Swaab, which follows the hit first book, The Secrets to Ruling School, is a perfect read in advance of the 2016 elections and ideal for budding republicans, democrats, and independents.

The competition is fierce, but luckily, you've got a killer campaign manager on your side. With Max's help, you'll conquer all the steps of running for office and winning votes, including advertisements, endorsements, campaign speeches, and more. Along the way, you'll learn more essential skills for thriving in middle school, including making a viral video, trading your lunch in the school cafeteria, and putting a positive spin on any situation.

Neil Swaab once again combines comics, kid-friendly humor, and direct-address narrative perfect for reluctant readers in an innovative format reminiscent of video games that is "sure to hit the mark with middle schoolers in the trenches" (Publishers Weekly) and with fans of the Big Nate and Terrible Two series.

Middle school expert Max Corrigan is back in the second book of this hilarious middle-grade series, and he wants YOU to run for class president. This book by comic artist Neil Swaab, which follows the hit first book, The Secrets to Ruling School, is a perfect read in advance of the 2016 elections and ideal for budding republicans, democrats, and independents.

The competition is fierce, but luckily, you've got a killer campaign manager on your side. With Max's help, you'll conquer all the steps of running for office and winning votes, including advertisements, endorsements, campaign speeches, and more. Along the way, you'll learn more essential skills for thriving in middle school, including making a viral video, trading your lunch in the school cafeteria, and putting a positive spin on any situation.

Neil Swaab once again combines comics, kid-friendly humor, and direct-address narrative perfect for reluctant readers in an innovative format reminiscent of video games that is "sure to hit the mark with middle schoolers in the trenches" (Publishers Weekly) and with fans of the Big Nate and Terrible Two series.

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  • Neil Swaab is an NYC-based illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Utne Reader, the Village Voice, and most recently, James Patterson's Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar. Swaab has also illustrated posters for Broadway shows and worked on Adult Swim's Superjail!, Comedy Central's Ugly Americans, and Cartoon Network's Annoying Orange. Learn more about Swaab at neilswaab.com.

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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2016
    Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president.Being ever the man with a plan, Max adroitly pushes the never-named New Kid into the race. What does a winning campaign need? First, an issue...so how about promising to get the schoolwide ban on chewing gum lifted! Next on the agenda: line up a talented staff, hot teacher endorsements, and media attention for the "pro-gum candidate." Offering fiendishly plausible pointers on such skills as fake-reading an assigned book and impersonating callers on the phone, Max lays out a strategy that can't miss--unless, that is, a rival "one-percenter" candidate with a clever manager of his own steals the vote with glittering promises and showers of expensive swag. Using second-person narration addressed at the New Kid, Swaab tells the tale between the lines of Max's glib patter and frantic reactions to being outmaneuvered; cartoon line drawings on nearly every page convey side comments and punch lines. Max looks white, but names and, in the pictures, hair styles and facial features hint at some diversity in the cast. Readers who identify with the never-seen New Kid can pat themselves on the back as "you" repeatedly come through in the clutch. Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2016

    Gr 4-6-Max Corrigan is back. This time he's orchestrating a class election for the New Kid. Max provides a list of doublespeak words and phrases sure to dupe adults, a microtrade strategy for winning friends and influencing people, and advice on how to get through English class without ever reading a book. With campaign strategies such as "How To Be the Most Interesting Person in School (Even if You're Duller Than a Dentist's Waiting Room)" and "How To Suck Up to Your Teachers Without Looking Like a Total Brown-Noser," how can the New Kid lose? A tangle of favors and bribes complicate the campaign against a rich-kid opponent, and, of course, Max is the last to see the problem. Max's direct address to the New Kid, while engaging, will confuse readers unfamiliar with the first book, especially since the New Kid doesn't show his face outside the boys' bathroom. If they stick with the book, middle schoolers will likely enjoy the true-to-life melodrama. Hopefully readers will see behind the snarkiness of Max's pronouncements to the deeper truth, though the sometimes bawdy, in-your-face humor may stand in the way of that insight. VERDICT Recommended for reluctant readers and fans of graphic novels and hybrid books.-Katherine Koenig, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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