Political Fiction (Teen)

Baratz-Logsted, Lauren.  Red Girl, Blue Boy.  Y FIC Baratz-Logsted
As Katie’s father and Drew’s mother vie for the Presidency, the sixteen-year-olds start–and end–a romance, but the press finds out, both candidates’ poll numbers rise, and the two are asked to flaunt their former relationship.

Barnes, Jennifer.  The Fixer.  Y FIC Barnes  (SERIES)
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.  SEQUEL: The Long Game (2016).

Bauer, Joan.  Hope Was Here.  Y FIC Bauer
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.

Carleson, J.C.  The Tyrant’s Daughter.  Y FIC Carleson
Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father’s regime, and her mother and brother’s ways of adjusting.

Cooney, Caroline B.  The Terrorist.  Y FIC Cooney
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.

Dickinson, Peter.  Shadow of a Hero.  Y FIC Dickinson
In 1989, Letta, an English teenager, learns of her heritage from her grandfather, great-grandson of the legendary hero of Varina, as he becomes involved in the nationalistic political struggles in Eastern Europe.

Doctorow, Cory.  Little Brother.  Y FIC Doctorow  (SERIES)
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.  SEQUEL: Homeland (2013).

Johnson, Varian.  The Great Greene Heist.  Y FIC Johnson
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight–but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson’s former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

Levithan. David.  Wide Awake.  Y FIC Levithan
In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

Lynch, Chris.  Political Timber.  Y FIC Lynch
High school senior Gordon Foley runs for mayor at the behest of his grandfather, an old-style politician scheming to regain power while he’s in prison for fraud.

Marquardt, Marie.  Dream Things True.  Y FIC Marquardt
Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

Nixon, Joan Lowery.  A Candidate For Murder.  Y FIC Nixon // Y PB N
Cary finds her life in danger when she uncovers a plot to sabotage her father’s political campaign for governor of Texas.

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola.  8th Grade Superzero.  Y FIC Rhuday-Perkovich
After half-heartedly joining his church youth group’s project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade “loser” Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community.

Thorne, Jenn Marie.  The Wrong Side of Right.  Y FIC Thorne
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.

Van Dolzer, Krista.  Don’t Vote For Me.  Y FIC Van Dolzer
Roped into running for class president against the most popular girl in school, sixth-grader David discovers another side to his opponent when they also get paired up for the spring musical recital.


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