|Sofia Valdez and the vanishing vote (Questioneers)
Author: Beaty, Andrea
Sofia is put in charge of overseeing a fair election for a class pet, but first the Questioneers must learn about elections and good journalism--and remember that being a community matters most. Includes facts about the Delano Grape Strike, presidential elections, journalism, and the importance of voting.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 509196
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/20)
School Library Journal (10/30/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/30/2020 GR 1–3-Sofia Valdez (Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, 2019) and the Questioneers are back in the fourth installment of Beaty & Roberts's transitional chapter book series. This time, Miss Greer's second graders are choosing a class pet, and the ever civic-minded Sofia suggests holding an election. She gets more than she bargains for, however, when Miss Greer makes her the election commissioner. As Sofia and her classmates learn about elections, Sofia finds herself caught between two campaigns, and things get even more complicated when Sofia's cousin needs to find a new home for her pet bird. When the ballots are finally counted and the class is one vote short, Sofia has yet another problem to solve. Luckily, with some good advice from her Abuelo and a little help from the library, Sofia finds ways to resolve both situations. The story is thoughtful, well-paced, and entertaining, and features a diverse cast of familiar characters, including Ada Twist, Rosie Revere, and Iggy Peck. Sofia and her family are of Mexican heritage, and her cousin uses a wheelchair, while Ada is Black and Rosie, Iggy, and Miss Greer all present as white. Sofia's relationship with her grandfather is a heartfelt anchor, and Beaty seamlessly integrates information about voting, the electoral process, journalism, and activism into the text; back matter explores these issues further and provides additional context. Short chapters, graph paper design elements, and Roberts's charming illustrations add to the appeal. VERDICT A winning (and timely) addition to the series, sure to delight existing fans and attract new ones as well.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elem. Sch., Elkins Park, PA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.