“Yes We Can is an intelligent, teen-friendly book that not only gives kids an Obama overview, but also gives important insight into Obama’s background, his wrestlings with racial issues, and his drive for change . . . Thomas lays bare the angst that young Obama had, his unusual male role models, and the fact that he wasn’t always a ‘good boy.’ Obama was an angry young teen once and he overcame it, which may make him even more of a role model for kids today.”—Terri Schlichenmeyer, Our Weekly“Will he make history? Thomas says he already has.”—South Florida Times“A smoothly written account of the candidate’s life.”—People Magazine“Thomas’s clear prose will help students learn more about the first African American to gain a major party nomination for the presidency.”—School Library Journal“[An] adulatory profile of the presidential candidate’s meteoric rise.”—Booklist
Garen Thomas worked as an editor in children's book publishing for more than a decade, editing numerous notable children’s picture books and novels, including Carole Boston Weatherford’s Caldecott Honor Book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Nelson’s We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball; and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Julius Lester. She continues to act as a consultant and children's books editor on a freelance basis while working on her own writing and film projects. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University.