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Doubting Thomas

by Morris Gleitzman

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Its a hilarious comedy about a huge problem in a young boys life. Its a great story for all ages ( )
  alessiac | Apr 17, 2013 |
Ick! I didn't finish this book as the subject of itchy nipples when people lie seemed incredibly stupid, and something that I will not be able to "sell" to my (male) students at all
  nicsreads | Jan 4, 2011 |
Thomas in his attitude to life, his parents and friends, is reminiscent of Keith from Misery Guts; that is a sweetly natured worrier who wants the best for everyone. When he finds the unbearable itchiness of his nipples does not mean he is becoming a girl but that he is a 'doubter', someone who reacts physically to lies, he is not comforted because it seems, doubters die young.
Friends Kevin and Holly help Thomas first to find there is one adult Doubter survivor, and second to get to Paris to meet her. What happens there is a nice twist on expectations. Despite his own terrible problems Thomas thinks most of others and, despite a curious path, achieves a good outcome.
Gleitzman makes it clear that he is reacting to present day dilemmas with passing comments on such things as the 'wheaties' scandal and Thomas' agony when he passes TVs broadcasting interviews with politicians. However what takes central stage is social and familial dishonesty. Perhaps the message is honesty begins at home, something that young readers with little political influence can relate to, or at least think about. Be prepared for an outbreak of frank comments about one's haircut! ( )
  tsheko | Sep 7, 2007 |
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Thomas has very itchy nipples - it's the most embarrasing secret he had ever had. So the question is - why are his nipples so itchy? Is it a rare and special gift, or the worst thing ever to happen to a boy? Originally published: Camberwell, Vic.: Penguin, 2006.… (more)

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