Category Archives: Author: Sharon G. Flake

The Skin I’m In

The Skin I’m In

Sharon G. Flake

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 1710978142310385_500X500

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1998

Genre: Realistic

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.

Miss Rachel

 

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Sharon G. Flake, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s

Pinned

Pinned
Sharon G. Flake

Yeah, she would totally beat you in a wrestling match.

Yeah, she would totally beat you in a wrestling match.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 240
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2012
Genre: Realistic

Adonis is really good at school. Autumn is really good at wrestling, cooking, and friendships—but not so good at school. She sets her mind to winning Adonis over just as her wrestling career takes off and her grades start to tank. Can she get everything she wants when Adonis, her teachers, and her parents all want different things for her?

Pinned would be a good book for anyone who enjoys a strong moral and a likeable female protagonist. It might be particularly appropriate for those who have felt singled out or different, as Adonis and Autumn sometimes feel about being wheelchair-bound and below grade level in reading, respectively. If readers are specifically seeking literature about Black students, Pinned is a recent addition to than canon, though the setting is somewhat contrived.

-Miss Barter

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Sharon G. Flake, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s