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Don't Vote for Me

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  26 reviews

Veronica rules the school.
David's starting a revolution.

It's class president election time, and no one is surprised when Veronica Pritchard-Pratt is the only name on the list. She's the most popular girl in school, a social giant who rules the campaign every single year. David, for one, is sick of the tyranny-which he says. Out loud. When Veronica hears about this, she is

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Chris Garner
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Krista demonstrates with this novel, as with her first, that she can write stories and characters that are both funny and poignant. This book is more light-hearted than THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (and how could it not be given their respective stories?), but even with more comedy and a lighter tone, this novel manages to leave an impression of deeper significance than a simple story about middle-school kids. Children will relate to this book, and adults will enjoy it, too. The focus on mus ...more
Kate Bystrova
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
David Grainger is a twelve-year-old band geek at Shepherd’s Vale Middle School, where his big mouth lands him in hot water yet again when he finds himself signed up to the race for class president, a position that has hitherto been held unanimously by the super popular Veronica Pritchard-Pratt. Caught between wanting to stand up to the ‘queen bee’ and fleeing the country, David finally resolves to step up and show Veronica that the populars don’t rule the school.

What David doesn’t expect is for
The book was okay. It took me a while to read because I was not really interested in it. I didn’t really care for the characters - both the main ones were whiny. The boy seemed to annoying and whiny. Bought the book a year ago during the presidential elections because I thought it would be a good book for students to read during the presidential elections. Never started it. Not one I will keep in my collection.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. It has a strong theme that everyone should listen to.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I have a soft spot for contemporary MG fiction. I think that this age group is the perfect opportunity to start discussing a lot of real life issues that kids either are, or will possibly someday, tackle. My favorite topic of these, is dealing with middle school life. Ah, middle school. It has the power to be so amazing, and so awkward. I generally tend to snatch up any book that deals with that wild world, and Don't Vote for Me was no exception.

This was a cute, if slightly simple story line. Da
It’s that time of year again at Shepherd Vale Middle School: the 7th grade student election of class president. Glancing at the sign-up sheet, David notices that there’s only one name on the list, none other than Veronica Pritchard-Pratt. Winner by default in previous years, David, a band geek, is tired of the populars ruling the school. He voices his opinion loud and clear to his buddy standing next to him and draws a small audience as he continues with his outburst. Word gets around fast, and ...more
Sage Collins
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so reminiscent of the stuff I read when I was the right age for this. To adult me, it felt a little simple, but it was still enjoyable. One of my main complaints, though was that we were told up front that David was invisible but never shown this. The inciting incident happens immediately, which usually is a good thing, but in this case never gives us a chance to see the main character the way he's described. On the other hand, we do get plenty of things shown about David. One of m ...more
Rebecca Allen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
In Don’t Vote For Me by Krista Van Dolzer, Veronica Pritchard-Pratt is running for Class President. Again. David thinks someone else should have a say in how things at school are run and makes the mistake of saying so out loud. David ends up running against Veronica, trying to figure out how to steal votes from the most popular girl in seventh grade But as David spends more time with Veronica, on the campaign trail and practicing for the band recital, he finds that there’s more to Veronica than ...more
James Hill
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
from Mary:

When I started this book about sixth-grader David, I thought, "Why are there so many stories about the trials of the geeky, marginalized kids and none (or few) about the populars?" But it was well-written and interesting, so I continued reading. And the most popular, powerful girl in grade six is not just a main character, she becomes a sympathetic character with plenty of problems of her own. There are also secondary characters who are not necessarily sympathetic, but who deserve some
K.L. Hallam
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Election season at Shepard's Vale Middle School, but if your name isn't Veronica Prichard-Pratt chances are you won't be running for President. Even though the sign-up sheets are calling out for a challenger. Which is where twelve-year-old, trumpet player, David Grainger enters, to take a bit of wind from her sails. Veronica for the side of the populars, and David for the band geeks (BGs). Reluctantly, he's in the game, representing those who feel invisible and disenfranchised.

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Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway.

I have read quite a handful of children's books but I can say this was definitely one of the greatest. It discusses aspects of life that are not commonly told in depth in other children's book, such as poverty and gangs.

This book was hilarious and I did find myself laughing out loud in many chapters. I would recommend this book to anyone because you don't have to be a certain age to enjoy this book.

It discusses how a band geek named
Adult Reader Reaction: Enjoyable! Although there are aspects of the story that seem predictable, the author does a great job adding a fresh take on life in middle school. These are the kids in your neighborhood. I particularly like how the author challenges the reader to look deeper into "the populars," and that although Veronica's cronies may be stereotypical, she is not. Last but not least, it is always refreshing when the adults play roles that are realistic, not farces or objects of derision ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Veronica has been the class president by default(nobody runs against her).David a fellow class mate opens his mouth in jest saying he would run against her and the campaign is on. Veronica is known as a "popular" but in the story David finds out when they have to play a song for recital in band class and spend time practicing what makes Veronica tick. They both learn from each other that it's the person who matters and not what people think of them. Great read!
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Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I have a 12 yr old grandson that might not be a BG but is not quite a popular either. It was an easy read and at different times I cheered for Veronica and at times for David. They each had to learn that not everything is as it seems. For this age group, this can be a hard lesson. This was just the book I needed to read this week. I will recommend to my grandson and my 72 yr.old husband! Good job
Alisa Inman
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book free in a giveaway. While I think this is an easy read, and light hearted (mostly) and enjoyable there isn't anything truly special about it. Seemed predictable to me, and while the characters are strong there seems to be some inconsistency with their personality in parts of the book.

I think is good as an easy read for someone just entering middle school or middle school age, but nothing that I see as memorable or a soon to be favorite book.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I read it twice! My favorite thing, and this is a spoiler, so be warned, was that the main character didn't turn out to be a loser who couldn't win a school election. He actually turned out to! The characters were believable and really likable. I don't think there was one you wouldn't believe you could meet anywhere.

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, not-too-long, read!
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the humor, the action, and the music! It was fun to watch David react as he get to know the other characters and realized they were more than what they appeared to be at school. My son (going into 8th grade this year) wouldn't put it down until he finished it, and he doesn't usually like contemporary fiction (unless it's a book in the Origami Yoda series). We agreed that our favorite scene was the one that included paintball guns.
Deena Lipomi
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
When class president incumbent Veronica challenges David to enter the next race, he finds himself taking it on as a representative of the non-popular kids, but the more he gets to know his opponent, the more he wonders if he made the right choice. With humor and heart, David reveals to the reader that there is more to people than the side they show at school. A nice friendship MG.
Ms. Athena
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This story was okay, not one of my all time favorites but I still enjoy a book now and then. It's heartfelt but at times can drone on and on in my opinion. I don't think I would really recommend this book.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a very good book. It had a lot of detail and was very descriptive. I thought it didn't have a lot of description of his personal life at home. I didn't even find out the characters name until I was a fourth through the book! This is why I only rated this book three stars.
Barbara Andrews
Dec 13, 2015 marked it as to-read
My granddaughter loved this book. Since they are studying elections in school she got a real kick out of it. Received this book from Goodreads First Read
Chantele Sedgwick
Fun book about a boy who takes matters into his own hands when he runs for class president and tries to beat out the most popular girl in school.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Krista Dolzer
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing this book was a headache and a half, but I'm glad I persevered. It's definitely grown on me.
Nayaab Shah
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a bad one. Kept me hook on the middle , but the end droned on and on.. Took me awhile to read to :/
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I'm a stay-at-home mom by day and a children's author by bedtime. I live with my husband and four kids in Layton, Utah, where I watch too much college football and look for my dead people online. I'm the author of THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015), DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015), and EARTH TO DAD (Capstone, Fall 2018) ...more