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Gr 5-8–Fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer finds himself running for student-body president against handsome Cash Devine. He hadn't planned to, but now that he and Tina Zabinski, the world's best-smelling girl, have had their first date, he wants even more to impress her. If Cash wins, she may just realize that he is amazing and that Kevin is a dud. Unfortunately, Kevin's nemesis seems always to be a step ahead. A funny addition to the several books about Kevin, Vote is filled with lessons and commentary about today's political system, with subtle jibes that kids are not likely to notice. A good book for reluctant readers and fans of Paulsen's “Lawn Boy” (Random) series.–Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kevin Spencer returns with a new plan to impress beautiful Tina Zabinski: he will run for student body president! Paulsen’s latest entertainment, a companion to Liar, Liar (2011) and its sequels, is set over the course of five days while Kevin contests handsome Cash Devine for the empty seat. Thanks to Kevin’s older brother’s ideas, and the maneuvering of the two girls managing the campaigns, it begins to look like he could actually win. However, though he usually has an exaggerated opinion of his abilities, Kevin is self-aware enough to know that he is not really right for the job. Those who started this four-book series at the beginning may sense that our protagonist is maturing a wee bit, but not so much as to dampen the humor for fans or newcomers, both of whom will pick up enough of the backstory to recognize the 14-year-old’s delusional tendencies. Fast-paced action and Kevin’s penchant for getting into ridiculous situations make this the perfect book bait for not-so-eager readers. Grades 5-8. --Kathleen Isaacs
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