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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: youth empowerment, school elections, standing up for your rights, authoritarianism, self-expression through art
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/Aug/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
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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?

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“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.”
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“A compelling quick read due to her clever dialogue and Tanya’s winning personality.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“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.”

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2020 | Commended