Operation Clean Sweep

Darleen Bailey Beard

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Mom for mayor!

Election day is fast approaching, and twelve-year-old Cornelius Sanwick discovers a secret: his mom is running for mayor! That would be pretty neat, except that his dad is the incumbent. Corn feels torn -- surely he should warn his father. But if he does, his mother won't stand a chance. In 1916, Oregon is one of only eleven states in which women can vote, and they have to take office by stealth. Corn wonders what kind of mayor his mom would make. Would she be able to get the streetlights turned back on? Would she corral the chickens and keep their poop off the streets? And what would she do if the pickpocket Sticky Fingers Fred showed up in Umatilla?

Friendship, first love, and above all filial devotion play their parts in this charming story set during the Great War and based on a true episode in the history of Umatilla, Oregon -- the female takeover of the town's government.

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Operation Clean Sweep
One"STICKY STRIKES AGAIN"November 29, 1916--Sticky Fingers Fred, the most notorious pickpocket in the West, struck the unsuspecting town of Arlington last night, cleaning the pockets of innocent people who attended the annual Arlington Winter Festival."Without being seen or heard, this canny criminal confiscated jewelry, watches, and money, including an antique necklace worth over two hundred dollars."'Amazing!' declared a shook-up Mrs. Deetle, owner of the necklace. 'It was around my neck one minute and gone the next!'"I stopped reading and put my hand around my neck.

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“Beard has once again [brought] to light another little-known actual episode that significantly impacted a small town's history.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An entertaining and thoughtful examination of the personal side of politics.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Beard's story, based on real events, features believeable characters, strong local color...a timely choice for classroom read-alouds.” —Booklist

“The book...is lots of fun. A great addition to historical-fiction collections.” —School Library Journal
 
“Based on real events and brimming with local color, this timely story gets to the heart of the political process.” —Book Links 


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Darleen Bailey Beard

Darleen Bailey Beard is the author of Twister, The Flimflam Man, and The Babbs Switch Story, winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Operation Clean Sweep
Darleen Bailey Beard

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Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, New Mexico Battle of the Books Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Oregon Reads Recommended Title, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998567
ISBN10: 1429998563
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages, Author's note
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374380342
ISBN10: 0374380341
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages, Author's note
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 720LL
AR Quiz Number: 134777
AR Book Level: 4.6
AR Points: 11

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