Chapter 1

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Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

Sly James was elected mayor of Kansas City on March 22, 2011, and sworn in on May 1, 2011. Born and raised in Kansas City, he graduated from Bishop Hogan High School in 1969 before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1971. When his service ended, James earned degrees from Rockhurst College and the University of Minnesota before embarking on a 26-year legal career, during which he became the first African-American partner at Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi. James has been married to Licia Clifton-James since 1981 and is the proud father of four children.

SYNOPSIS: In Chapter One, readers are introduced to Tom Sawyer in mid-mischief making – though his Aunty Polly is almost immediately onto him. Aunt Polly anticipates Tom’s playing hookey from school and promises to make him work that next day as punishment. Readers also meet Sid, the goody two-shoes half-brother to Tom. Before this chapter closes, Tom finds himself in a skirmish with a boy newly arrived in the village of St. Petersburg – but will he emerge victorious?