I Am Thomas by Libby Gleeson

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The author of Mahtab's Story and the author of The Island team up to bring young readers another powerful social justice-related work—an inspiring, thought-provoking picture book about finding one's way in the world "You must do as you're told." "Let the army make you a man." "Your country needs your vote." As the voices in his life crowd in on him, Thomas looks for another way, refusing to conform to the expectations and demands of family and community. A loner, Thomas refuses to feel lonely, an inspiring choice in this masterful tale of questioning authority and resisting oppression. Powerful illustrations and a spare text make a parable of Thomas's journey, which reflects the courage we all need to find our passion and be ourselves.

About Libby Gleeson

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Libby Gleeson is the award-winning author of such titles as Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House, Half a World Away, and Mahtab's Story. Armin Greder is an art instructor and a former graphic designer. He is the award-winning author of The City and The Island and illustrator of Danny in the Toolbox, An Ordinary Day, Princess and the Perfect Dish, and Uncle David.
Published October 1, 2011 by Allen & Unwin. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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He interprets cultural pressures that urge him to join the military or to vote or to embrace religion as demands to “do as we say, think like us, be like us.” This mantra appears frequently, sometimes shouting at readers in large bold letters and sometimes hiding in gray beneath other text.

Jan 01 2012 | Read Full Review of I Am Thomas

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Readers don’t see Thomas, a moody, dreamy adolescent, until the final pages of the book that bears his name.

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