The Campaign (Paperback)

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The Campaign (Paperback)

By Leila Sales, Kim Balacuit (Illustrator)


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Veep meets Parks and Recreation in Leila Sales’s The Campaign, a hilarious middle-grade political comedy about a 12-year-old who runs her babysitter’s campaign for mayor—featuring black-and-white illustrations by Kim Balacuit.
“Exactly the story we need right now.” —Caldecott honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Jon Scieszka
For Maddie Polansky, the only good part of school is art class. And though she’s never paid much attention to politics, when she learns that the frontrunner for mayor of her city intends to cut funding for the arts in public schools, the political suddenly becomes very personal.
So Maddie persuades her babysitter, Janet, to run for mayor against Lucinda Burghart, art-hating bad guy. Soon, Maddie is thrust into the role of campaign manager, leading not only to humor and hijinks but also to an inspiring story for young readers that talks about activism and what it takes to become an engaged citizen.
Includes a Sneak Peek of Leila Sales’s The Museum of Lost and Found
Leila Sales is the author of many middle-grade and young adult novels, which have received multiple starred reviews, been translated into a dozen languages, and appeared on many state lists and best-of-the-year lists. Before becoming a full-time writer, Leila worked as an editor for more than a decade, editing award-winning and bestselling books for readers of all ages. She is also the founder of the book development agency The Book Engineer. She lives in Austin, but travels all over the world to talk about books and publishing.

Product Details ISBN: 9781419739750
ISBN-10: 1419739751
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
"The Campaign is exactly the story we need right now. A fun middle grade tale celebrating both why . . . and how . . . we should be involved in our government."
— Jon Scieszka, bestselling author and national ambassador for children's literature emeritus

“A hilarious, inspiring story which proves that kids have the vision and the power to change the world.”
— Max Brallier, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth series

"A highly readable, enjoyable, nonpartisan story meant to encourage civic activism amongst middle schoolers." 
— School Library Journal

"A timely book encouraging youth to get involved."
— Kirkus Review

"Sales seamlessly weaves campaigning facts and ethics into the timely tale, educating readers while keeping them hooked on the suspenseful election." 
— Publishers Weekly