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Tyranny

by Lesley Fairfield

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self-esteem & self-reliance
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list price: $12.99
edition:Paperback
published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9780887769030
publisher: Tundra
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In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone looking for a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of triumph and hope.

Contributor Notes

Lesley Fairfield is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in illustration. Her work appears in many children’s books. Lesley’s personal thirty-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia has informed her work concerning body image, which has appeared in “Dance in Canada” magazine and in York University’s International Women’s Studies Journal.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 100
Grade:
5 to 17
Awards
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award - Children (English)

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Tyranny

This compelling graphic novel tells the story of Anna as she descends into a cycle of misery that seems unending. Having fallen prey to an eating disorder, she has personified her tormentor as Tyranny, a formidable foe who pushes Anna back down each time she tries to rise from the abyss. How did I get to this place? she asks herself — the answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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