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The Skin I'm In

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Miss Saunders, whose skin is blotched with a rare skin condition, serves as a mirror to Maleeka Madison's struggle against the burden of low self-esteem that many black girls face when they're darker skinned. Miss Saunders is tough and through this, Maleeka learns to stand up to tough-talking Charlese.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Jump At The Sun (first published October 16th 1998)
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Eloiza
So far in this book everybody at school is making fun of Maleeka because of her nappy hair and her raggy old clothes. John-John is being racist to her and singing a song about her "Maleea Maleeka we sure wanna keep her but she is so black we can't see her".
Maleeka thinks the new teacher Miss Sunders will make things worse, all the teachers don't like her because she's too pushy.
When Maleeka was coming home one night two guys tried to kipnaped her but she scratched one of the guys eyes and bit th...more
4RodSheÉa
This book is about a girl named Maleeka who is very dark skin and thinks that she is not beautiful because of the color of her skin. But when her father died she stop believing that she was beautiful and kids started picking on her. In the seventh grade a girl named Char who is the most popular girl in the grade told Maleeka that if she did her homework Char would stick up for her, let her hang with her, and give better looking clothes because Maleeka's mom made her clothes. And there is this on...more
3Shani  H.
as brewd and amoral human beings we are bound to make mistakes and be judged by our natural flaws and more less our intuitions, we may change for the better and or the worse, nevertheless some cases may be prominent distincts of our own natural apperance or habits. constintly trying to fit in, you must unconquerably love yourself for you no matter how you walk talk or look.

meet Maleeka a seventh grader at williamson Jr. high, Maleeka came from an destitute family and religious backround. she cam...more
Michelle/Cnca
Dec 04, 2013 Michelle/Cnca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Hernandez
Number of Pages: 171
Level of Book:Y
Day I Started Reading It:9-28
Day I Finished The Book:9-28
Main Characters: Maleeka,Charlese,Ms.Saunders,Caleb,and Makeeka's Mom
This book is about a girl named Maleeka who hates the skin shes in(the title makes it obvoius). People are always making fun of her. They also make fun of her homemade clothes. Her mom started making her clothes since her father died. This new teacher comes along with a big scar in her face. Maleeka thinks that the new teacher is going t...more
Daniel Feldman
The Skin I'm In.......hmmmmm.....No. The Skin I'm In has a great plot. Good characters, good concept, good life lessons, but is just executed horribly. THE WHOLE ENTIRE BOOK IS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS NOT THE PLOT!!!! 75% of this book is focusing on the personality of the characters and their minor issues. Finally, the author starts tying the plot into the story and 10 pages later the book is over. Ladies and gentleman of goodreads, let me tell you I was not satisified. I literally looked around my...more
Brenda
Jan 06, 2010 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and adults because it teaches you a very good lesson.
Recommended to Brenda by: it was my ELA teacher Ms.LoTempio because she wanted to get us e
Shelves: the-book-report
What i learned from this book is that a girl that names Maleeka Madison goes to McClenton middle school where she's treated like garbage and she suffers every day because the kids in her class bother her a lot but here are two people that seems that they don't really like her or that dislike her more than the others because they tease her specially Charlese that tries to but her with clothe and so she can keep up and doing Charlese homework because she already repeated the 7th grade a several t...more
Kamrin
I started reading this book because it is a new option to teach for our low level readers at my school. I can see why it would be an option for them. The chapters are all very short, and the book is less that 200 pages. However, I would recommend this book to any of my young readers. In this book we follow Maleeka, a 7th grader from a poor family. She tells us right away she is different from the other kids because of her dark black skin and her homemade clothes. She deals with being made fun of...more
Makeda8f
Mar 11, 2008 Makeda8f rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle school kids
Recommended to Makeda8f by: My teacher from 3rd grade
I learn so much about this book. What I have learn about this book is that you can't judge people by the book of it's cover.I ready this book when I was in the 3rd grade. I, Like Maleeka, am a dark-skinned Barbadian. When I was younger, I was often teased about the complexion of my skin. I always wished I were a little brighter. After reading this book, I learned to love myself, and accept me for who I am. I also came to the conclusion that my family, and my real friends would love me no matter...more
Madelin
I Really Liked this Book because it Talked about How A Girl Named Maleeka got Teased about how she dressed and the fact that she was black. She gets herbed by Char , Does her homework so Char can Lend Her clothes. I Think it was wrong for Maleeka to do that because She suppose to be Confirmed for who she is. Maleeka Changed alot at the end because she stood up for herself and i think that was right for her to do that. John-John Bullied her alot and Sang her songs about how black she was. I Think...more
Jasmine
This was a good book. Its about a girl named Maleeka who doesn't like the way she looks. She is a very self concious in many ways such as she has dark skin and doesn't like the way that she dressess espically because she has to wear home made choltes in order to save her family money. One day she finds herself in a situation that tells you your ture friends and those that are fake. This situation takes her through deep emotions that helps her work through but also lets her reedeem herself and th...more
Taylor
May 16, 2014 Taylor added it
Have you ever wonder what the skin your in? Well this book was about how a girl was in school and she was picked on and people even made a song about it. This is Realistic Fiction. Maleeka is the main character of this book and she is the one who is made fun of.

The setting mostly takes place at school. Maleeka wants everyone to stop making fun of her but then she realize what the skin she is in so she doesn't care what they all say about her because she loves her skin. They also makes fun of how...more
Ash R.
This book is about a girl who is trying to let people see her for who she is, not the color of her skin. In school a young girl is troubled by classmates about the color of her skin. She is looked at differently, she wants to be beautiful not realizing that she already is. She is changing a lot about herself, and she isn't doing it for herself. She learns not to change for no one, only herself.

I can make a text to self connection with her insecurities. I know how it feels like, kind of like you...more
Sharaesof2014
This book is about a girl named Malika who is constantly teased by the people in her school and her life isnt really the best. the people always tease her about her color the way she dresses and the way her hair is. she doesnt really have any friends but there is this one boy that likes her and she is very suprised. what malika does too change is that she cuts her hair and tryed to look different but people still teased her about the way she looked Malika does not have the best like and she doe...more
Liana
The book The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake is about a girl named Maleeka Madison. People make fun of her because of her dark skin and her clothes. She becomes self conscious about the way she looks. A new teacher named Ms. Saunders who has a rare skin condition helps Maleeka. Maleeka starts hanging out with the mean popular girls because Maleeka does Charlene's homework, and Charlene gives her nice clothes to wear to school. Will Maleeka learn to love who she is? Maleeka's main external conflic...more
Ms. Montaño
Sep 17, 2008 Ms. Montaño rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mostly young middle school girls
Recommended to Ms. Montaño by: Ms. McManus
The Skin I'm In is a book about a middle school girl named Maleeka Madison who is teased because of her dark skin complexion. She is a very intelligent student who works very hard but most of the time she is distracted because she's busy trying to fit in. Her mom is a single mom who makes her clothes so Maleeka gets a girl named Char to bring her clothes to change into. In exchange for clothes, Maleeka does Char's homework and is part of her trouble-making clan. Even though she is mistreated by...more
Miszladiisparklesz
SHOUT OUT: This book is about a girl named maleeka and her skin is dark and she doesnt like the way she looks. maleekas' teacher mrs.saunders tells her that she looks beautiful. These girls that are somewhat of a clique are in the bathroom smoking and maleeka is with them so that one of the girls name charlese is kind olf rich and maleeka wears her clothes. Maleeka wears charlese clothes so that she can look nice but one day charlese gets mad at her and starts being rude because she is working i...more
Lanier
Dec 28, 2007 Lanier rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable in their own body.
Scholars chose this book to compliment "Othello" and themes of Othering, or objectifying and demeaning another in order to feel superior or to abuse that other race, religion, sex or class. This, like "A Child Called It", by David Pelzer, is an essential read for young and old alike. Pelzer's sequels are "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave".

Flake, like Walter Dean Myers, has a knack for bringing realistic characters to life in everyday conflicts while struggling with deeper issues of self-estee...more
Bonnie
This has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. So much drama conveyed with so few words. I'm working with a group of young people now and they are reading and finding the book riveting. This book is about jealousy, loss, remembrance, love, bullying, beauty -- all the things that we have experienced but told in such a voice that the word almost sing off the pages.

Teens will especially like this and I do understand it was written for YA audience. But I loved it and I'm far from YA....more
Katrina
This was such a wonderful book with a great message. Always think for yourself and never let anyone influence your better judment.

I think this book should be required readin for every middle school student.
Gabriela Reyes
Maleeka Madision, the main character and narrator if the book the Skin Im In tells a story about her life and how she has low self-esteem. In the beginning off the book and everyday school she would have to face obstacles off people humiliating her and bullying get until one day she had enough. Maleeka Madison get teased because of the color of her skin. In my opinion I believe that this is a very good book because she has helped me believe more in myself. Regardless of all the bullying she has...more
Ljohnson
Sep 23, 2011 Ljohnson is currently reading it
The title of this book is The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake, and published on February 24, 1999. The genre of this book is romance, thriller, and historian fiction. The Skin I'm In recieved Coretta Scott / John Steptoe Award for new talent, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library Top Ten Book for the Teen Age, YALSA Best Book for Young Adult Readers, YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Texas Lonestar Reading List,Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, YWCA R...more
Allendra
The book I read was called The Skin I’m in by Sharon G. Flake. This book is the story of a seventh grader named Maleeka. Maleeka has very dark black skin. She used to be proud of it, but when her father died, kids started picking on her. Char, the most popular girl in the grade, makes a deal with Maleeka that if she does her home work, Char will stick up for her, and Maleeka can hang out with her. A new teacher arrives, Miss Saunders. She also is made fun of because she has a big blotch on her f...more
Kierra Titus
Sharon flake wrote the book The Skin I’m in. I heard of this book at school last year because we had to read it as a school. The author came and spoke to us about her books she wrote and how she got the inspiration to write them. She also sold some of her books and autographed them. This is told in 3rd person point of view.
Maleeka was one of the main characters talked about in the book. She was the girl picked on about the way she dressed, her skin color, and her good grades. This boy named Joh...more
Olive Oyl
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G.Flake is about a young girl in middle school named Maleeka who is teased in school because she is dark complected and wears hand made clothes that her widowed mother makes for her. It all starts when one of her classmates starts singing a chant about Maleeka's dark skin which causes her to become a target of bullying. Eventually a new teacher comes in who helps Maleeka find her voice and love the skin that she is in.
I think this is a great book and I read it within tw...more
Elaine Pelton
"I stare at myself for maybe twenty minutes in Daddy's mirror. I don't get it. I think I'm kind of nice-looking. Why don't other people see what I see?"

Maleeka Madison is in the 7th grade and has been ostracized by her classmates for years for her dark skin and homemade clothes. She develops a plan to get the other students off her back and presents the most popular girl in school with an unusual offer. I found this book to be well-written and enjoyable. It reminded me a bit of Laurie Halse Ande...more
Sabrina
" The skin im in " is mostly about a girl named Maleeka who has very dark skin she used to love it & be proud of it but ever since she ended up in this new school alot of things have changed , Maleeka doesnt think shes pretty anymore just because she gets picked on in school everyday but the boys & Girls . Her father always told her to be strong but since her dad died , she really misses him & his advice ! Maleeka starts to hang out with this girl name char which gets her into alot o...more
Tawanda
The Skin I'm in is a realistic fiction. It is a advanced read for readers 12-18 yrs old. The book has won several awards. It has won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. This is a book about a girl named Maleeka who is a victim of bullying. She is teased because her skin is darker than most people and since the death of her father her mother makes her clothes and she is teased about that as well. She eventually takes a stand for herself after meeting a teacher named Miss Sau...more
Elle Jackson
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Tags: Teenage problems, Racial problems, African-American, Bullying
Lexile Score: 1700L

Book Review: This book was outstanding! The 171 page book, written by Sharon Flake, was very well written. This showed what African-American teenage females have to go through just to make it in the world and try to fit in. I rate this four stars because I can make a lot of connections- not only to myself but to my peers personal life story.

Plot Summary: Maleeka is a young lady that oft...more
Lei
Dec 08, 2008 Lei rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read
Recommended to Lei by: a teacher
This book was really good. It was so easy for me to relate to. It's mainly about how a girl doesn't feel comfortable with the fact that she was really dark skinned. She was always getting teased by other black kids her age. During junior high, one of her new teachers inspired her. The teacher had a huge scar on her face yet she had most people's respect.
She wanted to fit in so badly that she begun cutting class and smoking in the bathroom with the popular kids. She even participated in burning a...more
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).


Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and...more
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“Gotta realize that all you are is all you got.” 31 likes
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