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I Am Thomas

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I Am Thomas

By Libby Gleeson; Armin Greder (Illustrator)

Allen & Unwin Australia, Hardcover, 9781742373331, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

The author ofMahtab's Story and the author of TheIsland team up to bring young readers another powerfulsocial justice-relatedworkaninspiring, thought-provoking picture book about findingone'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, refusingto 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 ofThe City andThe 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