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The Skin I'm In

Title

The Skin I'm In

Authors

Sharon Flake

Publisher

Hyperion Books

Pages

171 pages

Publication Year

2007

ISBN

9780786804443

Genre

realism

Topic

Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Race discrimination; Family member death; Single parent; skin color; prejudice; death of a father; single mother

Annotation

Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

African American

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 1999; Los Angeles' 100 Best Books, 1998; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1999; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1999; YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 1999; Young Adults' Choices, 2000; YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2010; Dealing with Alienation, 2000; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Isinglass Teen Read Award, 2006-2007, Nominee; Lone Star Reading List, 2000-2001, None; Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, 1999, Winner, Author

Keywords

teasing; bullying; self-acceptance

Item Type

Fiction

Format

chapter book

The Skin I'm In

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