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Book Title: The Skin I'm In|
The author of the book: Sharon G. Flake
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.57 MB
Edition: Jump At The Sun
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780786813070
Read full description of the books The Skin I'm In:This book is about a girl named Maleeka who is very dark skin and thinks that she is not beautiful because of the color of her skin. But when her father died she stop believing that she was beautiful and kids started picking on her. In the seventh grade a girl named Char who is the most popular girl in the grade told Maleeka that if she did her homework Char would stick up for her, let her hang with her, and give better looking clothes because Maleeka's mom made her clothes. And there is this one boy that likes her his name is caleb, and girls loved him. Including Maleeka but she thought that she wasn't good enough for him and that's where she is wrong.
Maleeks faces going to school feeling like an outcast because voice's just laugh and talk about her behind her back and in front of her face. On day a teacher comes in and she too gets picked on because she has this big black mark on her face which is a birth mark. So she starts to get more envolved with Maleeka because she can feel her pain. One day Char gets into trouble and drags Maleeka so now Maleeka has to work in he office.
While working in the office Caleb starts liking her and wants to be her friend but he cant even do that because everybody talks about them and so he stops talking to her and try's too avoid even looking her way so people dont think that they are envolved with eachother. Later on Char makes Maleeka set Miss Saunders class on fire and bailing on her leaving little Maleeka to take the blame. Maleeka have a journals and where it is her own fantasy where it is inspried by her life. Where she is an ugly princess. Who have been locked away in cave looking and smellig like se haven't taken a shower inwho knows what, and teeth and breath stanking, and is basiclly bald headed not literally. And the prince who too is stuck with her and he likes her for who she is no matter what she may look like. Miss Saunders likes her journal writings and tells her to do more of it and dont be afraid to go out there.
Oe day Charlease comes over to Maleeka house and tell's her to come with her over a friends house. Maleeka not feeling so sure but she goes anywhere because she wants to seem cool. So goes to this neigborhood thats worse than hers. Char doesn't even pay attention to her and winds up abandoning her and now Maleeka isn't sure that where she is going is the right way she is going. It's so dark and there are three white boy's walking around taunting her and they almost raped her but she got away. Wanting (going) to tell her mom but when she gets there she cant even spaek because of the way she feels.
To all come down to the end Maleeka is getting fed up with Char. Char tells her to do something and Maleeka leaves her hangig justlike she does her, pay back. Caleb has an epiphany of his own. And doesn't care what people say about him and Maleeka hanging around eachother because he enjoys being aound her. So Char's misdeeds catches up with her and she gets kicked out. And having 2 new friends Saunders and Caleb, possibly her new boyfriend. Things are looking pretty good for Maleeks's new beginng.
Read information about the authorSharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).
Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and is often required reading in colleges for students in education, child development, children's literature and English writing programs. Beyond that, her work is also a favorite among adults and adult book club readers.
Flake and her work have won numerous awards and recognitions including: Best Books for Young Adult Readers; Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the New York Public Library Top Ten Books for the Teen Age; 2005 featured author in the Ninth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators; 2005 Capitol Choices; Noteworthy Books for Children; 2004 Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book; 2004 Texas Lone Star Award for Top Ten Books; 2002, 2004 Coretta Scott King Honor Award; Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grant; 2004 Bank Street Best of the Year; 2004 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; 2004 CCBC Choices; Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Book; 2004 Booklist Top Ten Romance Novels for Youth; 2004 Booklist Editor's Choice Award; 2003 Detroit Free LIbrary Author of the Year; 1999 YWCA Racial Justice Award; 1999 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award and more.
Flake's work appears on the Anti-Defamation League's website which stresses the use of children's literature to help educators address the problem of bullying in schools.
Flake was born in Philadelphia, PA, but has resided in Pittsburgh, PA with her daughter for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English. For several years she was a youth counselor for a foster care agency, after which she spent 18 years working at the University of Pittsburgh in public relations. She has written numerous articles for national publications. Prior to having her first book published, she wrote for approximately 15 years.
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