DIVerse Families
 
The Skin I'm In

Title

The Skin I'm In

Authors

Sharon Flake

Publisher

Hyperion Books

Publication Year

2007

ISBN

9780786804443

Pages

171 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

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

Lexile Measure

AD850L

Topic

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

none

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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