This book starts with an explanation of the function of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then jumps right into specific Supreme Court cases where the outcome was determined by a single vote. Each case has a detailed explanation of the issues involved and the reasons the justices ruled as they did. A “What If” section talks about the implications of a different ruling – which would have taken a single change of vote! Related cases of interest to students are presented – example: “Is it legal to search a cell phone without a warrant?”. The sections end with a “Talk, Think and Take Action” section with excellent discussion questions and activities.
This book would be an excellent text for a middle to high school course on law or government. It’s also available with library binding, so you can likely find a copy at your local library.
Disclosure: I received a review copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.