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Operation Clean Sweep

Operation Clean Sweep

Darleen Bailey Beard

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




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.

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


Operation Clean Sweep

"November 29, 1916--Sticky Fingers Fred, the most notorious pickpocket in the West, struck the unsuspecting town of Arlington last night, cleaning the pockets...


Praise for Operation Clean Sweep

“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 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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About the author

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.

Darleen Bailey Beard

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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