Tyranny

Tyranny

by Lesley Fairfield
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
If there was ever a book that should be read by teens, this is the one. Girls who are tweens as well as high school age worry about looks, especially their weight. The author presents an autobiography about a girl called Anna who has her own personal demon that keeps telling her she is too fat and needs to stop eating. Every time she tries to put food in her mouth the demon appears and reminds her that if she eats, she will gain weight and ruin her life. Ms. Fairfield has named this demon Tyranny. Anna keeps remembering when she was happy and looked forward to the future, but now she starts thinking that everybody hates her. Even the day when her father does not hug her she thinks it is because she is ugly, but her father tries to explain he is just trying to give her some space. She falls into the awful cycle of bingeing, throwing up, using laxatives, and then bingeing again. Eventually, she drops out of high school and moves away from home. Fortunately, Anne was able to overcome this illness and with much hard work and support gets her life back. My favorite page is sixty-four where a plan is laid out to help her succeed. The illustrations that are done in black and white could not be more perfect. This powerful book was written with emotions and the subject is covered in a fair and honest manner. Bulimia and anorexia are issues facing teens and this book is a great tool for stopping the problem before it starts. This book should be in every school and public library. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
This searing portrait of a teenager with an eating disorder is a slim comic stuffed with weighty issues. Readers will page along as Anna morphs from a young, healthy girl into an adolescent riddled with hormones and self-image issues and, finally, an adult with a life-threatening eating disorder. She scarcely tips the scale when she bottoms out at a dangerously low 85 pounds, barely surviving on a vitamin-enriched diet of diet drinks and laxatives. Fairfield's spare illustrations-loose and undefined line drawings that parallel Anna's inability to distinguish between reality and disease-work to elevate the elusiveness of her protagonist's demon. The author personifies the eating disorder here as Tyranny, an ill-defined whirlwind that berates and abuses Anna, a slippery Etch-a-Sketch-esque figure who lurks and slinks her way invidiously through the panels. It's a crusading work with a laudable message and boldly honest about the disease and its consequences; death, laxative abuse and early-onset osteoporosis all make an appearance. A well-proportioned volume with a haunting story and characters-both literally and figuratively. (Graphic fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887769030
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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