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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake crafts a remarkable story of one girl's struggle to accept herself.

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.

Critic Reviews

"Johnson goes beyond delivering dialogue. She gets beneath the skin of Flake's complicated characters." (Audiofile)

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  • Romee
  • Queen Creek, AZ, USA
  • 12-04-07

For the young Black women

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.

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enjoyed it

my middle school students enjoyed it so much, they wanted to write a part II

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Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

To all of those out there with insecurities, learn to love yourself. Accept people for who they are flaws and all. I like that this book discusses the trials that a dark skinned and intelligent African American goes through. The lighter skin being preferred in the black community is still common and dark skinned girls have gone to the extremes of bleaching their skin. Teasing and taunting is still a big issue in school. You can't be too smart, dumb, skinny, fat, shy, or anti-social. Being different gets you made fun of. Learn to be your own kind of beautiful.

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Amazing!

What did you love best about The Skin I'm In?

I have read this book about 10 times and it never gets old, This is my first time hearing it as an audiobook, and it still feels new. I love it. if you love this book check out money hungry by Sharon G flake!

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amazing

This is a book that all children should read. It looks at bullying and loving yourself despite what other people think and say. In a world where so many young people struggle to find their place, this books reminds them to love the skin they're in.

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Novel Supplements

The quality of the audible was good, but the narration was very slow; however, the dialect was quite appropriate.

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I started this book years ago and just had the opportunity to complete it.

This book was well worth the wait. I was able to listen to it with my son and nerves who are in middle school. It's sparked wonderful conversation and inspired some serious reading. The story is engaging and really grapples with the complexities of adolescence.

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the best book ever I love the book its very good.

I love the book its so amazing and true its the best book ever 💙

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  • Loniandaj
  • Arlington, TX, United States
  • 01-04-15

The realization

This book met my expectations. So many young girls and boys struggle with accepting who they are. This story helps the reader see things through the eyes of a teen who made bad decisions and was not comfortable with herself. Until she figured out who she was and was accepted herself, she kept making poor choices. Go on and read for yourself to see how the story unfolds. Excellent read/listen.

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  • Laura
  • DECATUR, AL, United States
  • 09-17-12

Not bad for what it is

What made the experience of listening to The Skin I'm In the most enjoyable?

The reader was pleasant to listen to and used appropriate inflections.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Hopeful

Any additional comments?

This is a teen/preteen book and is good for what it is.