Mom for Mayor

Overview

Eric would rather daydream about space aliens than do homework. But when his favorite playground is about to be sold to real estate developers, he launches into action. Discovering that the plan to sell the park comes from Mayor Bishop, who happens to be up for reelection, Eric convinces his mother to run for office ? or so he thinks! Eric is so busy organizing petitions, designing signs, thinking up cool giveaways, and arguing with his nemesis Caitlin, Mayor Bishop?s niece, that he forgets one important detail: ...

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Overview

Eric would rather daydream about space aliens than do homework. But when his favorite playground is about to be sold to real estate developers, he launches into action. Discovering that the plan to sell the park comes from Mayor Bishop, who happens to be up for reelection, Eric convinces his mother to run for office — or so he thinks! Eric is so busy organizing petitions, designing signs, thinking up cool giveaways, and arguing with his nemesis Caitlin, Mayor Bishop’s niece, that he forgets one important detail: telling his mom she’s running for mayor! How can Eric persuade his mother to run, fend off Caitlin’s rivalries, and still manage to get his homework done?

As the election nears, Eric learns some very important lessons about personal responsibility and the needs of the local community. This funny and touching story reminds young readers that anyone can make a difference in their neighborhood.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Imaginative fifth-grader Eric is running through a slushy Michigan park, trying to escape aliens. He rejoins the real world when he meets brainy Jon, his best friend. When they spot the "for sale" signs for Lenox Field, Eric decides that he must save the park and decides that the best way to do so is to get his mother elected to city council. With Jonathan's help, he gets the necessary petitions and organizes the campaign, all while keeping his plan a secret from his mom. When his parents finally figure out what is going on, they decide that she'll go ahead and run for office. Readers will identify with Eric's good intentions, his frustrations, and his rivalry with know-it-all Caitlin, the mayor's niece. The characters are well drawn, and the inherent civics lesson demonstrates democracy in action. Full-page, humorous drawings appear throughout. This novel is for a younger audience than Dan Gutman's The Kid Who Ran for President (Scholastic, 2000) and is more believable.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It was just not possible, but the sign on Lenox Field read "For Sale." To make matters worse, it's snotty Caitlin's father who's responsible. Determined to save his favorite park, fifth-grader Eric Clark enlists the help of his best friend, Jon. Together they set out to get Eric's mother elected mayor, even if it does take a while to get her on board with the idea. Eric is so busy walking petitions around the neighborhood, missing recess to do research and printing up signs that he barely notices he's learning a lot about democracy and government along the way. Somewhere between trying to gain his father's trust and trying to get his mom elected, Eric realizes that sometimes things are not as clear-cut as they may seem. Black-and-white illustrations accent the rather conventional story. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812627435
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 133
  • Sales rank: 785,727
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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