From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—From America Ferrera (of Ugly Betty
fame) to the artists of Maroon Five, 50 Americans encourage young adults to make their voices heard. This collection, comprised of vignettes, essays, interviews, and poems, ranges from the humorous (an essay by the editors of The Onion
), to the sacred (an interview with Ryan J. Bingham, 25-year-old mayor of Torrington, CT, whose dedication to politics is almost religious), to the slightly profane (an expletive-filled diatribe from Adrian Grenier, star of TV's Entourage
). Though the contributors all take decidedly different tacks, their common goal is obvious: to persuade young people to research the candidates and cast their votes on Election Day. The supplemental materials at the end of the book are plentiful and pertinent, including instructions on how to register to vote, ways to get involved in one's community, a comprehensive glossary of election-related terms, and a general overview of the United States Government. Though this book is obviously more relevant for the 2008 election season, it would be a solid additional purchase for both high school and public libraries.—Kelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School Library, Glen Ellyn, IL
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Declare Yourself is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by television legend Norman Lear and was designed to encourage young people 18 and older to vote. In promotion of this ideal, this book gathers together well-known Americans from all walks of life to talk about voting and why it matters. Kids may be more interested in the musings of some of the writers than others. How does Joan Walsh, editor of Salon, stack up against Hayden Panettere, star of the TV series Heroes? Or Alice Walker versus Tyra Banks? Oh well, something for everyone. In fact, no one will read this all the way through, but browsers will find reasons for voting and encouragement to make a personal stand for democracy. Perhaps the most honestly appealing essay comes from Adrian Grenier, star of the TV show Entourage, who admits avoiding writing “this stupid-ass essay.” But he does think young people should vote. He votes. “Why the fuck not?” The extended and helpful back matter details ways to get involved. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper