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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

Who is Tanksy?

by (author) Bev Katz Rosenbaum

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Politics & Government, School & Education
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
    List Price

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Fourteen-year-old Tanya Kofsky is invisible.

She hates that no one listens to her, at home or at her new school. So as student elections get underway, Tanya starts secretly painting controversial images on the walls of the school. Soon everyone is talking about this amazing artist with a lot to say. The election results turn out to be a catalyst for more rebellion. And not just from students. Teachers, tired of the principal's authoritarian leadership, start promoting self-expression. Even the lunch ladies join in, ignoring the strictly controlled menu and serving more nutritious and culturally diverse fare.

But can this revolution effect real change? Or will speaking up lead to complete disaster?

About the author

Bev Katz Rosenbaum is the author of the I Was a Teenage Popsicle series, Who is Tanksy?, and most recently, I’m Good and Other Lies. She has taught creative writing at Centennial College and is an award-winning publishing industry veteran. Rosenbaum, a devoted coffee-drinker and chocoholic, spends her downtime reading, baking, and watching movies. She currently lives in Toronto, ON.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“A compelling quick read due to her clever dialogue and Tanya’s winning personality.”

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“Readers will enjoy discussing this book in class since it has issues of right and wrong and the gray area in between. The plot development is quick but the author brings the story together well and develops her characters just enough for the satisfaction of hi/lo readers who need to feel successful with a book that does not overwhelm.”

Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“Modern, politically engaged and fun, Who is Tanksy?, is a great read with potential to light that spark in the leaders and activists of tomorrow, carries the powerful message that change can truly come from anywhere.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An amazing book for tomorrow's leaders...Who is Tanksy has a big connection with fake news and political corruption. It would be a great book to use to discuss these ideas with a class."

Canadian Children's Book News, student takeover edition

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