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You may have heard that there’s an election happening.  Again.  And while this year’s election doesn’t necessarily have the same coverage as it would if it were a presidential election, it’s still just as important.  (Every election is important!  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)  There are still representatives and senators to elect as well as issues to decide on.   

 Even if you’re not quite old enough to vote, it’s never too early to start getting informed on the issues.  (Make sure you fully research everything and get all sides of the issues!)  In fact, voting is so important that YA authors are starting to write about politics!  Take a look at these political reads just for teens. 

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert 

The Voting Booth - Colbert, Brandy

Marva has been counting down the days till she could cast her first ballot.  Duke just wants to get it over with.  But when Marva overhears Duke being turned away from the polls, she makes it her mission to get him to the right polling location.  Just like that, election day turns into something that neither of them anticipated.  From sharing the reasons for their passion or indifference to sharing secrets they haven’t told anyone, from finding Marva’s lost Instagram-famous cat to finding questionable practices to keep people from voting, Marva and Duke learn just as much about themselves as they do each other.  

Running by Natalia Sylvester 

Running - Sylvester, Natalia

It’s no secret that political differences can make for some strained family dynamics.  But what do you do when the difference is with your dad?  What do you do when your dad is also running for president?  Mariana is about to find out exactly what she will do.  As her father’s campaign puts their family in the spotlight, Mari realizes that not only do her beliefs not line up with her father’s but also that he’s not the man she thought he was.  And now she has to disagree with him and come to terms with what she’s learned all while the media closely scrutinizes her family’s every move. 

The (Un)popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez 

The (un)popular Vote - Sanchez, Jasper

Mark has a lot going on at home, not the least of which is his dad still treating Mark like a girl.  Or that his dad is a congressman.  Or that Mark has agreed to pretend to be cis guy for his dad’s (career’s) sake.  And when a candidate for student body president starts using dangerous language, Mark decides to throw his name in the ring…which is not laying low like he promised his dad he’d do.  There’s also the problem of Mark’s friends not being very popular, even if they do know how to campaign effectively.  But Mark will have to decide how much of himself to share with his school…and the country. 

Like I said, it’s never too early to start getting informed about voting and elections.  Besides, the candidates and issues being voted on now will affect you, so why not stay informed?  You may have your own chance to make your voice heard on them. 

Happy reading (and voting)! 


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”