The Skin I’m In
by Sharon G. Flake
- A Top 150 Children’s Book
- A 2022 Top 100 Recommended Children’s Book
- Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book 1999
Publication Date: Oct 16, 2018
List Price: $10.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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Flake’s award-winning debut — a must-read coming-of-age classic for any young girl who struggles to be comfortable in her own skin — is repackaged. This edition includes an exclusive foreword by award-winning, bestselling author Jason Reynolds.
Originally published in 1998, The Skin I’m In has about 1.5 million copies in print. It’s been translated into several languages and is used in almost every major school district in America.
Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they’re not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it’s about her dark, black skin.
When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher’s attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she’s in. Can Maleeka learn to do the same?
Be sure to check out the new (2021) following up to this novel, The Life I’m In.
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance