This book looks at how citizens are connected to the political process, and how this gives ordinary people the ability to be involved in politics. It also examines how campaigns work and the process by which leaders make their way into office. This title will also answer questions such as, "Where does the concept of voting come from?," "How do potential leaders convince people to vote for them?," and "Has corruption ever helped someone get into office?"
Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.