DIVerse Families
 
Skin

Title

Skin

Publisher

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Year

2007

ISBN

9781416906568

Pages

272 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

You don't have to be thin to feel small. Donnie's life is unraveling. His parents' marriage is falling apart, and his sister is slowly slipping away in the grip of her illness. To top it all off, he accidentally starts a rumor at school that hurts someone he cares about and leaves him an outcast. So Donnie does the only thing he knows how to do: He tries to fix things, to make everything the way it was before. Before his parents stopped loving each other, before his sister disappeared, before he was alone. But some things are beyond repair, and it will take all Donnie's strength to stop looking back and start moving forward again.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; Family member death; separated parents; co-parenting; death of a sister; grief; family tragedy; loss

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

separated parents

Awards

Thumbs Up! Award, 2007, Nominee

Keywords

brothers and sisters; anorexia nervosa; eating disorder; failing health; family problems; self-perception

Diversity Impact

direct

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