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ISBN13: 9780786813070
ISBN10: 0786813075
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This winner of the 1999 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award tells the storyof a young African-American girl who is tormented by her peers because of herdarker skin.

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This winner of the 1999 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award tells the storyof a young African-American girl who is tormented by her peers because of herdarker skin.

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crowyhead, May 1, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Maleeka Madison is a seventh grader with a host of problems: she's poor and her mother sews her clothes, she's teased for her skin color, which is very dark, and her "friends" are really just popular girls who are taking advantage of her. When she meets Miss Saunders, a new teacher with a huge white birthmark on her face, she is at first resistant to the teacher's attention and praise. However, when Miss Saunders gives Maleeka a long-term writing assignment, Maleeka gradually begins to find her own voice and recognize her own beauty.

The lessons that the reader's meant to take from the book aren't exactly subtle, but the writing is excellent, and the voices of Maleeka and the other middle school kids are very true to life. Also, it's interesting to see a YA novel that addresses the prejudice and teasing that darker-skinned black women sometimes encounter -- it's not something that comes up very often in the other YA novels I've read.
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Kat_lunatic, January 15, 2007 (view all comments by Kat_lunatic)
When I read this book I realized that Maleeka is so much like me when I was in elementary. I was taunted as a child because my skin was "too dark". But this book gave me hope. I changed my attitude and I started loving the skin I was in. This is a great book for a child to read when they've lost all hope and their self-esteem is low.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786813070
Author:
Flake, Sharon G.
Publisher:
Jump At The Sun
Author:
Flake, Sharon
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Self-Esteem
Subject:
Social Situations - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Self-acceptance
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series Volume:
95-13
Publication Date:
20000103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 6
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.19 in 6.32 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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The Skin I'm in
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Product details 176 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786813070 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This winner of the 1999 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award tells the storyof a young African-American girl who is tormented by her peers because of herdarker skin.
"Synopsis" by , This winner of the 1999 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award tells the storyof a young African-American girl who is tormented by her peers because of herdarker skin.
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