On a scorching July day in 1950, a fabulous fat man drives into Wetumka, Oklahoma. F. Bam Morrison is selling tickets to Bohn's United Circus Shows, and the townspeople are buying—all, that is, except ol’ man Swank, who says F. Bam Morrison is a two-faced weasel. Smitten with Morrison, ten-year-old Bobbie Jo Hailey—and mean Clara Jean Knox, whom she befriends—unwittingly joins the effort to bamboozle Wetumka. When Bobbie Jo realizes her mistake, Morrison is on his way out of town, leaving her disappointed but intact—and greatly enriched by her relationship with the flimflam man.
Lovingly illustrated by Eileen Christelow, Darleen Bailey Beard’s delightful story is based on a real episode in Wetumka’s history, still celebrated annually as Sucker Day!