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Starred Review. Grade 6 Up—This is one of the most moving and important graphic novels to come along in years. Many stories have been written about teens who try to change what they see in the mirror through anorexia and bulimia, but this one features a girl who is driven by her own personal demon. That demon is called Tyranny, and it is represented by an angry and chaotic swirl of lines that form the shape of a person. The very first image in this book is of Tyranny choking Anna, yelling at her about how she's too fat and lifting her off of the floor by her neck. What follows is Anna asking the question, "How did I get to this place?" and reflecting back on her life choices up to this point. Fairfield treats this important subject with intelligence and empathy, and personifying Anna's horrible self-image in the character of Tyranny is a unique and compelling approach. The simple yet powerful black-and-white drawings do wonders in bringing the book's message to its readers. Tyranny is so important that both younger and older teens will benefit from reading it. Every public and school library should own at least one copy of this amazing book.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Fairfield treats this important subject with intelligence and empathy, and personifying Anna's horrible self-image in the character of Tyranny is a unique and compelling approach. The simple yet powerful black-and-white drawings do wonders in bringing the book's message to its readers. Tyranny is so important that both younger and older teens will benefit from reading it. Every public and school library should own at least one copy of this amazing book. -- Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library School Library Journal This is a short book with sharp, clear black-and-white illustrations that are full of movement and emotion. The book definitely succeeds in showing Anna's body image distortion - we frequently see the super-thin Anna looking in the mirror and seeing a much rounder version of herself. Anna's alter ego is menacing - at one point literally resembling a monkey on her back - and the full horror of Anna's illness is relayed through dream sequences and some harrowing scenes. There are extremely poignant moments too - I paused for a long time on a page showing Anna with her fellow-sufferer friend Cynthia, gazing sadly into empty space in a park where carefree children frolicked in leaves just metres away. This simple, powerful story is presented in a highly accessible way, highlighting important issues for all young women. Chicklish We see her strengths, her weaknesses, her hardest times are laid completely bare and it's impossible not to feel for her as she tries desperately to claw her life back, after watching everything slip away because of her illness...I imagine Tyranny is perfect for younger readers and teens, while it is entertaining it's also educational without preaching or judging anybody involved...Tyranny is certainly one of the most unique novels I've read in a very long time and it's one that I'm sure will linger in my mind. Writing from the Tub I loved this book, and I'm so glad it's been published. If every school and college invested in a single copy, there's a chance it could save a life or stop someone ever endangering their life in the first place. Knowing the real effects of eating disorders, and also knowing the help available, could be the answer to problems teenagers may not even know they have. Stark and courageous, Tyranny is a graphic novel to be read by all. I just hope it reaches those who need it most. Wondrous Reads Tyranny gets to the heart of a painful subject with sensitivity. The clear and direct style makes it ideal for younger teens, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a responsible and frank introduction to the theme of eating disorders. I Was a Teenage Book Geek 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. Overflowing Library A graphic novel about anorexia may sound a bit weird, but this is funny, sad and compelling as well as being really informative Bliss --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887769039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887769030
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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wow! a powerful book about eating disorders. The power of the graphic novel to touch, inform, and inspire is what "Tyranny" is all about. A must read. This book belongs in every public library and middle/high school.
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The problem with books that double as therapy is the fact that you are not getting paid to listen to the author talk about her problems and pain. Someone else is getting paid for that. Even though all great art is based on personal pain and experience, there's also something to be said for merely ok art that doesn't necessarily dig so deep. If the art digs deep then it's going to make things uncomfortable.

Second, this is a book about eating disorders and even though eating disorders tend be obsessions among the sufferers. They don't have outside interests beyond making those eating disorders work for them - maybe hiding them. THis is a realistic depiction of eating disorders with some style but beyond realism, what does it have going for it? It's mildly entertaining but like I said at the beginning, it's therapy and it's not my therapy.

If you have an eating disorder, read this book instead of a pro-ann or mia site but for others, it's not terribly great.
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