The Skin I’m In
Sharon G. Flake
Age Range: 12 and up
The Skin I’m In is about a girl named Maleeka who is really smart. She gets teased about her clothes and about her dark skin by other kids. The meanest, most popular girl in school bullies Maleeka into doing her homework for her and makes her do things she doesn’t want to do. She says that if Maleeka does what she asks, she will give her cool clothes to wear.
When a new teacher comes to the school, Maleeka learns that she has a hidden talent and that she is a beautiful person who deserves to be treated better. Even though it’s tough, she starts sticking up for what she believes in.
I loved this book. I would recommend it for teenage girls because it deals with a lot of things that happen to girls in middle school. In the book, girls are mean and some of them are fake. It can be hard to know who your real friends are. This book is good at showing girls that they don’t have to do what other people tell them to, and that if they believe in themselves they can be happy. The author does a really good job at getting inside the character’s head, and she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for the book.