Maleeka Madison is a dark skinned African-American girl. She feels uncomfortable and wishes she had lighter skin. When her teacher, Miss Saunders, who suffers from a rare skin condition, shows that there is more to people than the color of their skin, Maleeka learns to appreciate and accept who she truly is.
Sisi Aisha Johnson's gripping narration makes this story come alive.
©1998 Sharon G. Flake; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC.
"Johnson goes beyond delivering dialogue. She gets beneath the skin of Flake's complicated characters." (Audiofile)
Thei book was very well read and dealt with an issue many young people, particulalry black people deal with intra-racial prejudice of skin color. The young girl is dealing with losing her father and trying to overcome constant teasing by her peers beacuse of her dark skin. She meets a teacher who has a similar problem but has over come it and come to embrace it as a part of herself.
There are not many books out there about and for young black girls to teach them to love themselves. This is one of them.
I reccommend it highly for young teenage girls dealing with peer pressure.
The reader was pleasant to listen to and used appropriate inflections.
This is a teen/preteen book and is good for what it is.
This was a pretty powerful coming of age piece set in the urban jungle of a city near you. Maleeka, a young dark skinned African American, has to contend with taunts and belittling about her skin color from her own peers in class. The power of this piece stems from Maleeka's slowly developing ability to overcome the fear of standing up to bullies and her peers and finding her own self worth through confidence in herself, her writing, her dad, a trusted teacher as well as the eventual love and support of a good friend.
As a staged reading, it was brought to life with a style that extracted even more from the crisp writing than my imagination may have afforded if I simply read it myself. C.C. Aisha Johnson did a very convincing job playing everyone, including the characters in Maleeka's writing. Well done.
Confident & Courageous
This is a great book to read with the entire class. Our children experience many issues that the main character deals with daily. Check it out!!!!
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