I Am Thomas

By Libby Gleeson; Armin Greder (Illustrator)
(Allen & Unwin, Hardcover, 9781742373331, 32pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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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 the Author

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.

Praise For I Am Thomas

"A striking piece of literature."  —School Library Journal on Mahtab's Story

"A great choice for reading to a group or sharing one-on-one."  —School Library Journal starred review of Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House

"Compelling"  —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast on the illustrations in I Am Thomas

"It's a young adult novel compressed into a picture book, beautifully and perceptively executed."  —Publishers Weekly

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