Review & Giveaway: Vote for Effie

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We are delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Laura Wood's new book Vote for Effie! Read on for a review of the book and a giveaway to win one of three copies.

Book Title: Vote for Effie (available here)

Author: Laura Wood

Illustrator: Mirelle Ortega

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: January 2019

Most Suitable For: Years 5/6+

Reviewed By: Jacqueline Harris (@phonicsandbooks), Education Consultant


Sometimes you meet a character in a book who you not only like a lot, but also think that if you met them in real life you would want to be friends with them. So it is with Effie in ‘Vote for Effie’, a very real twelve year old girl, starting at a new school part of the way through Year 8. Most children have anxieties about starting secondary school or any new school and this book explores this fear in a lively and fast paced story. But Vote for Effie is more than just a story about starting a new school, as it covers injustice and women’s rights as well and is immensely readable.

Effie ends up, almost by accident, running for School Council and the story takes the reader through her campaign, against a seemingly unpleasant adversary. Effie is at first friendless, but then joined by a group of entertaining and interesting individuals as she challenges the status quo. The book is full of humour and delightfully illustrated by Mirelle Ortega.

I particularly liked that the central character is of Greek origin, as, living and working in an area where there are a significant number of Greek Cypriot children, I feel they are underrepresented in books.

I’d never read anything by this author before, but this book was so enjoyable I want to read more. As a reader you find yourself cheering Effie on and living the ups and downs with both Effie and her companions. I would vote for Effie!

Book Giveaway

Thanks to the publishers at Scholastic, we have three copies of Vote For Effie to give away to our followers!

To enter, simply follow @booksfortopics on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet between Sunday 13th Jan and 11.59pm Saturday 19 January 2019 (T&Cs here).


You can order Vote for Effie online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book, for providing the giveaway prizes and inviting us to be involved in the blog tour. Remember to check out the other stops on the blog tour!


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