Books by Darleen Bailey Beard

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP by Darleen Bailey Beard
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Beard has once again used her mildly intriguing fiction to bring to light another little-known actual episode that significantly impacted a small town's history. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Corn is caught in the middle when his Suffragist mother secretly decides to run against his father, who is up for reelection as mayor. Read full book review >
THE BABBS SWITCH STORY by Darleen Bailey Beard
Released: April 10, 2002

"Surprisingly lighthearted for such a sad story, Ruth Ann's gutsy intensity creates a lively tone and an appealing character. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Basing her story on a real tragedy in the town of Babbs Switch, Oklahoma, Beard enlivens and enlarges events by using 12-year-old Ruth Ann's voice. Read full book review >
TWISTER by Darleen Bailey Beard
Released: March 10, 1999

"A rousing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A riveting adventure about an encounter with one of nature's most formidable manifestations. Read full book review >
THE FLIMFLAM MAN by Darleen Bailey Beard
Released: March 25, 1998

From Beard (The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek, 1995), an easy-to-read tale based on a true incident that the citizens of Wetumka, Oklahomain a classic case of making lemons into lemonadestill celebrate with an annual ``Sucker Day.'' When F. Bam Morrison steps out of his turquoise blue Chevy and announces that he's the advance man for Bohn's United Circus Shows, the whole town of Wetumka rushes to buy ticketsall but crotchety ol' man Swank, who snorts that Morrison is only a flimflam man, a two-faced weasel. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A recipe's included, just in case. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Beard's first book is inspired by pumpkins. Read full book review >