- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 9700 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Fiction; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KGD3VCW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vote for Effie (Effie 1) Kindle Edition
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Vote for Effie is a joyful ,boisterous and passionate story .Each and every one of the characters are brilliantly and warmly brought to life and create a real sense of affection in the reader. The great illustrations by Mirelle Ortega work with the author's voice to make the characters larger than life. The back and forth quips and ideas that spill out in Effie's campaign meetings are genuinely laugh out loud moments - Effie's band of loyal misfits put me in mind of the Pitch Perfect movies . What wouldn't you give to be a member of a group so close ,committed and downright hilarious!
I absolutely loved this book. Loved the style of the writing; the messages of equality and women's rights and self belief that are so relevant and important . All wrapped up in brilliant effusiveness of Effie!
I think this is a book that everybody in school should read as it's such an inspiration and has some brilliant ideas! Even though I am no longer in school myself Effies character and Laura Woods writing still encorouged me to push things further, make more noise and work towards a better world.
I know if you pick this book up you'll fall in love with Effie and her friends as I did.
I will be looking to read more from Laura Wood!
The book then follows Effie as she prepares to defeat Aaron. Before long, she meets some like-minded people and forms a close group of loyal friends. They become her campaign team. Campaign meetings are held, key issues are outlined, slogans are written and posters are designed and displayed around the school. In a bid for votes, the candidates host stalls at the school fair and participate in a public debate. The rivalry between Effie and Aaron is intense and I found myself deeply caring about the election result. My heart was actually racing as we neared the announcement!
I absolutely loved the strong feminist content in this book. Vote for Effie examines the everyday sexism faced by girls and women today. In her clashes with Aaron and his friends, Effie is criticised for being noisy, and dismissed as hysterical. She is expected to quieten down and stop causing trouble. Her campaign efforts are belittled and labelled ‘sweet’. Being likened to a girl is viewed as an insult. Girls are written off for the football team based on assumptions that they are weaker and slower. Through Effie and her friends, Laura Wood calls out these attempts to silence, disregard and belittle women. She draws attention to these commonly used put downs and lets readers know that they are not ok.
Another wonderful aspect of the book is how Effie’s story has been set within the history of women’s rights. Ninety-year-old Iris lives next door to Effie. She’s feisty and fierce. She has a history of campaigning for women’s rights and is a source of inspiration and motivation for Effie. I loved this link to the past and this intergenerational dimension of the book. Throughout the book there are also references to the inspirational women in politics today and the story is contextualised by the recent Women’s March in London.
A further detail that I enjoyed was Effie’s family dynamic. Her father is a stay-at-home dad and her mother is a university academic.
Even though the book has serious political and feminist messages, there’s lots of humour throughout. The minutes of the school council meetings are particularly funny. I also liked how the illustrations and different text formatting (newspaper articles, campaign posters, meeting minutes) really brought the pages alive.
Effie will be an inspiration to many young people. She’s passionate, driven and with a strong sense of justice. She isn’t afraid to speak up and to challenge the status quo. She’s determined to make her voice and other marginalised voices heard. Her debate speech is especially moving (I cried). Effie rocks.