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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)

What listeners say about The Skin I'm In

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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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I seriously don’t understand why this book came so highly recommended to me. It was meh at best; the dialogue is sad and the ending just dies. There are more plot holes than think moments. I have this on my shelf because it came with a reading program I teach. I would not recommend it past that.

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

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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.

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Soulful and Real

I found out this book was the face of a very dear love of mine. I literally listened to it overnight. It's such a good read and such a positive insight into true feelings and a strong soul. I highly recommend this book!

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I can truly relate to this story

love it! I can relate to the main character and how she battled her skin complexion.

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Amazing book great story loved it would read again i t s a m a z i n g

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Great Book

I really liked this book. The audio voice is calm and enjoyable. A very must read Book

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must read

very inspirational book taught me to really just accept myself me and my daughter listened