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Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom Hardcover – July 19, 2011

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"Jon Stewart's "America" for the Y.A. set . . . an impressive array of historical substance and even a degree of earnestness and patriotism." - The New York Times

"Historical and cultural literacy delivered with a subversive twist." -Publishers Weekly

"Readers--of any age--will come away from this sassy compendium knowing a lot (some, no doubt, would say too much) about our country's history, form of government, decisions, and workings, for better or worse." -Booklist (Starred Review)

About the Author

Jodi Anderson is a New York Times best-selling author of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches. Before becoming a full-time author, she was an editor at HarperCollins and 17th Street Productions.
 
Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of several books for young adults including Friend Is Not a Verb, Dirty Laundry, 10 Things to Do Before I Die and Drawing A Blank, which received two starred reviews. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. danielehrenhaft.com
 
Andisheh Nouraee is a writer for CARE, one of the world's largest humanitarian aid agencies and a former syndicated newspaper columnist for Creative Loafing, an alt-weekly newspaper in Atlanta. His column, "Don't Panic" is a sarcastic, informative examination of American policy and world affairs. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080279792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gave this book to my 12 year old son to read as part of his non-fiction summer reading requirement for school. He has the attention span of a mosquito, so when he came to show me interesting facts he'd learned and the funny parts he wanted to share, I was delighted that the book was entertaining enough to capture his attention.

The authors present the material in fun, bite-size bits that make the learning indistinguishable from the fun of reading it. PERFECT.
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So, what's the problem that I am the first to review this book substantially after publication. The authors obviously need to market on some of those obscene girl shows.
This is really an entertaining and informative offering. Do you know why we are never going to have cordial relations with Cuba? Do you know what qualifies (or not)one of the authors to be the anti-Christ? Spooky, is it not? Hundreds of facts included.
It would not hurt high school social studies students to read "Americapedia" along with texts approved by Texas. Silly, goofy, and verrrrry incisive. Filled with talking points, and even a brief action plans for folks who wish to change the status quo.
So, turn off your television and give this book a read, tell some one about it, and consider doing something about the way things are.
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I am a 13-year-old girl who first saw this book last year and automatically decided I wanted to read it. It is awesome! It gives lots of information on civics and current events, and also has a few irreverent references, just to keep us entertained.

One reviewer has said this book is leftist. It is not. Really it is nonpartisan. In case you haven't noticed, in the "Hot Buttons" section, it tells what people think on both sides of the issue, and in the back, it has websites for both more liberal and more conservative sides of the issue. So, you say that they state global warming as a fact. Practically every scientist in the world knows global warming exists. Do you really need a reference for that? Plus, there are sources in the back of the book.

This book got me thinking about things. It was awesome! It has, among other things, a guide to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, a list of past scandals, and even the Top 5 Presidential Dynasties! It's funny, interesting, and downright awesomesauce. I brought it to school today to show to one of my teachers, and my politically-informed friend found it so interesting at lunch that she forgot to get food until I reminded her! Then, my teacher said she wanted to buy that book. It really draws people in. So, if you're a teen interested in civics, or maybe even if you're not, GO READ THIS BOOK!
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I loved this book! I grabbed an ARC copy at a book convention and started flipping through it. I think the publishing rep saw my facial expressions as I read it, because she let me have her copy. This book was the perfect mix of facts and quirky odd ball information. I actually learned things about our American history that I never knew before. I've thought about putting my copy out on the coffee table, but I don't want it to get messed up! One day I'll buy an extra copy to put in my classroom. I think my middle school students would love this book. It makes American history more accessible to a younger generation.
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