The Campaign

By Leila Sales
Illustrator Kim Balacuit


Price: $8.99

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  • Publication Date: May 2, 2023
  • Imprint: Amulet Paperbacks
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8
  • ISBN: 9781419739750
  • Page Count: 288
  • Illustrations: Black-and-white spot illustrations throughout
  • Rights: North America

Now in paperback, Veep meets Parks and Recreation in this hilarious illustrated middle-grade political comedy about a twelve-year-old who runs her babysitter’s campaign for mayor

For 12-year-old 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 to an inspiring story for young readers that talks about activism and what it takes to become an engaged citizen. Maddie and Janet’s adventures on the campaign trail are illustrated by copious black-and-white drawings throughout the book.


"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

About the author

Leila Sales is the author of eight 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, Texas, but travels all over the world to talk about books and publishing. Kim Balacuit is a designer and illustrator. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in animation and illustration. When not drawing, she can probably be found hiking, getting lost in the city, petting other people’s dogs, or in a car or a plane, off to her next adventure. She lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.