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Every Vote Matters

The Power of Your Voice, from Student Elections to the Supreme Court


Encourage teens to recognize the importance of voting and making their voices heard in the democratic process with this timely book focused on Supreme Court decisions that came down to a single vote. Chapters examine key Supreme Court rulings and explore how these cases have affected the lives and rights of US citizens—especially teens. Using a straightforward, impartial tone, the authors take a close look at often controversial cases and at the history of voting in the United States. The emphasis is involvement in local and national elections as well as other ways to be an engaged citizen. Download the free Leader’s Guide to help readers get the most out of Every Vote Matters.

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ISBN: 978-1-63198-069-5
Reading Level: High school–adult
Interest Level: Ages 13 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Lexile Measure: 1250L
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 224
Praise for Every Vote Matters

“This engaging explanation of the importance of every vote prepares teens to cast their ballot in their first election by exploring Supreme Court rulings that were decided by a single vote. The accompanying digital discussion guide can stimulate conversations about current issues.”Parade

“We are in urgent need of effective civic education, and Every Vote Matters is an excellent contribution that deserves wide readership.”—Rob Richie, executive director, FairVote

“An exceptional in-depth look into the power of voting and Supreme Court rulings. A fantastic addition to any library serving young adults as it offers engaging and thought-provoking information on rulings affecting their everyday lives.”—VOYA

“Clear explanations, relevant supplemental cases, reader-directed questions, and suggested resources help make the legal issues at play relevant and readily accessible . . . A fascinating window into recent U.S. legal history.”—Publishers Weekly

“Exceptionally thorough examination of the voting process. This never loses sight of its target audience: many of the Supreme Court cases addressed have to do with education and juvenile rights, and each chapter ends with a ‘Talk, Think, Take Action’ section that encourages teen readers to relate the cases back to their own lives and discuss the effects of each.”—Booklist
“A nice look at how much our votes can matter and the intersection between the voting participation of ordinary people and Supreme Court decisions.”—Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen

Download the leader’s guide and lesson plan guide from Every Vote Matters.

  • Common Core State Standards


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Every Vote Matters Lesson Plan
A Leader's Guide to Every Vote Matters

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March 16, 2016 / Stephanie - Virginia
Excellent book!

This is an excellent book to spark discussion and debate as well as learn about elections and Supreme Court cases. This book can be used in a social studies class as well as an English class as a resource for research project or connecting real-life court cases with events in fiction. I highly recommend this book!


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