Yes We Can

A Biography of President Barack Obama

Garen Thomas

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THIS IS OUR MOMENT

“This is our time—to put people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope; and where we are met with cynicism and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”

            — President Barack Obama, Acceptance Speech; Chicago, IL; November 4, 2008

Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. In kindergarten, he wrote an essay titled, “I Want to Become President,” and now, with his fierce optimism, exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and above all, his belief that change can happen, Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, has made that dream come true.

Garen Thomas takes us through the life of Barack Obama, from his struggle to fit in with his classmates, and concern about not knowing his biological father, through his term as an Illinois senator, and the long campaign for president, to his historic victory.

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Yes We Can
CHAPTER ONEBarack Hussein Obama, Sr., met Stanley Ann Dunham at the University of Hawaii in Manoa in 1960. He had been born into the Luo tribe in 1936 near Lake Victoria in Alego, Kenya, and was lucky to be studying in the United States. Although he was, by all accounts, a remarkable student, he was also mischievous and had gotten kicked out of the prestigious Maseno School in Kenya for troublemaking and skipping class. His father, Hussein Onyango Obama, was disappointed in him, fearing that he wouldn't succeed in life because he wasn't taking his educationseriously.

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Praise for the New York Times-bestseller Yes We Can:
 
“This Obama-friendly biography was first published in June and has been updated with 32 additional pages on his historic campaign and election...it's a useful, clearly written summary of an amazing story, both personally and politically. Garen Thomas, a children's book editor and author has done an admirable job…"-- USA Today
 
“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

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About the Author

Garen Thomas

GAREN THOMAS worked as an editor in children's book publishing for many years and is the author of Santa’s Kwanzaa. She edited many notable children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Kadir 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 and is getting her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

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Yes We Can
A Biography of President Barack Obama
Garen Thomas

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Feiwel & Friends
June 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429943321
ISBN10: 1429943327
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$7.12

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Feiwel & Friends
December 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312586393
ISBN10: 0312586396
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 256 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout, one family tree, and one map
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$9.99
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