Those Rebels, John and Tom

by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated By Edwin Fotheringham

Scholastic Press
January 2012

Ages 8 – 10 . Grades 3 – 5

Library of Congress: 2011002131

Lexile measure: AD960L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R



"Adams and Jefferson help bring forth the Declaration of Independence and... model successful collaboration. Their secret: Speak up and listen to the other guy. Good lessons for today's Washington." --San Francisco Chronice

An NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were very different.

John Adams was short and stout. Thomas Jefferson was tall and lean.

John was argumentative and blunt. Tom was soft-spoken and polite.

But these two very different gentlemen did have two things in common: They both cared deeply about the American colonies, and neither cared much for the British tyrant, King George.

With their signature wit, impeccable research, and inventive presentation style, award winners Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham masterfully blend biography and history to create a brilliant portrait of two American heroes who bravely set aside their differences to join forces in the fight for our country's freedom.
Edwin Fotheringham

Edwin Fotheringham’s stylish, award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has illustrated numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books, such as Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book; Those Rebels, John & Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; and A Home for Mr. Emerson, a NAPPA Gold Award winner; as well as younger fiction picture books, such as Pam Muñoz Ryan's Tony Baloney and the eponymous beginning reader series, Jennifer Hamburg's Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, a spring 2015 Indie Favorite, and Andria Rosenbaum’s Big Sister, Little Monster. Ed lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him online at
Barbara Kerley

Barbara Kerley is a two-time Sibert Honoree and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honoree whose award-winning biographies include What to Do About Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), Those Rebels, John & Tom, and A Home for Mr. Emerson, all illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; Tigers & Tea with Toppy, illustrated by Matte Stephens; and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, illustrated by Brian Selznick. Kerley's books have all been praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at


  • What To Do About Alice?

    A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

    A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book

    A Parents’ Choice Award Winner
    Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist

    “Kerley reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life.” — The New York Times

    *“Spectacular art.” — Booklist, starred review

    *“A gleeful celebration of a fully, unapologetically led life.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

    A PW Best Book of the Year
    A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
    A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Award Winner
    A School Library Journal Best Book
    A Washington Post Best Book for Young Readers

    Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award
    *“A masterfully perceptive and largely visual biography . . . dynamic and lovely . . . a joy to peruse.” — School Library Journal, starred review.

    “A great new book.” — The New York Times

    *“An accessible and inventive vision of an American legend.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545222686

48pp. | 8-½ x 12