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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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4RodSheÉa
Apr 14, 2009 4RodSheÉa rated it really liked it
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
Eloiza
Mar 04, 2009 Eloiza rated it liked it
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
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3Shani  H.
May 13, 2009 3Shani H. rated it it was amazing
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
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Michelle/Cnca
Dec 04, 2013 Michelle/Cnca rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Makeda8f
Mar 11, 2008 Makeda8f rated it it was amazing
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
Kayin Hammond
Dec 03, 2015 Kayin Hammond rated it really liked it
I really liked this book.
It's about a black girl try to fend for herself trying to survive all the JERKS!
I recommend it to people who get bullied.
READ IT!!!!
Lesli Diaz
I gave this book a rating of 5/5 because I really enjoyed reading it and it was my second time reading it. This book was mostly about Maleeka`s life and how she gets bullied at school. Also she tells the story of how her dad past away in a accident and her mom got in a depression that she wouldn`t even eat or get out of bed into one day she bought a sewing machine and started sewing clothes for Maleeka to wear to school. But Maleeka did not wear it she wore her friends clothes. ...more
Adamaris Jauregui
Dec 04, 2015 Adamaris Jauregui rated it it was amazing
The book is about a girl named Maleeka and people in her school bully her about how black she is.She is friends with a girl named Charlise which she gives her clothes( that is the only reason that she is friends with her) is really mean and she is sacred that if she stop being her friend she will beat her up.I like this book a lot because it talks about real thing that happen in peoples life.I recommended this book to person that like book about school drama.
Jesus Montes
Feb 23, 2016 Jesus Montes rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl that was black and every body made fun of her and she got bullied a lot and at the end she became less bullied at school.I liked this book because it tells how the character finds a solution to there problem.I would recommend this book to my friend that got bullied a lot because of his or her color.
Makiya Dees
Feb 02, 2015 Makiya Dees rated it it was amazing
If you like depressing beginnings and uplifting endings then The skin I'm In is the book for you.This book is realistic.This book is about a girl named Maleeka who gets picked on everyday about multiple things such as the darkness of her skin or her good grades or her clothing.***SPOILER ALERT*** Maleeka and Miss Saunders start to get along better because they start to see eye to eye, even though Maleeka and char almost burned down Ms.Saunders classroom. She didn't give them an extreme consequen ...more
Ryan Milbrath
Jun 20, 2016 Ryan Milbrath rated it really liked it
After reading every Bluford series book till my mind melted into a primordial soup of teenage soap-opera drama I wanted to explore other avenues of narrative readings. Finding fictional reading material that relates to my students has been difficult. I teach a classroom of eight, primarily African-American and Hispanic females in a special education, self-contained classroom at an alternative school in Milwaukee, WI. I teach all subjects, from grades 8th through 12th and my students are usually ...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
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Brenda
Jan 06, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 01, 2009 Kamrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-2009
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
Ms. Montaño
Sep 17, 2008 Ms. Montaño rated it really liked it
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
Ash R.
Mar 26, 2009 Ash R. rated it it was amazing
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
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Gabriela Reyes
Feb 05, 2014 Gabriela Reyes rated it it was amazing
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
Madelin
Feb 04, 2011 Madelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2009 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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
Bonnie
Aug 06, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
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.
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Lanier
Dec 28, 2007 Lanier rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Yuliana Gallardo
Dec 04, 2015 Yuliana Gallardo rated it really liked it
I really liked it, I hope that never happens to someone because it is really hurtful. I recommend it to people who are having almost the same experience as her because I learned that you should tell the truth even if someone told you not to and to not be shy.Even though I thought it used powerful and mean words.It was about this poor girl who her parent had died and everyone made fun of how she looked like and what she wore.
Andrea Medina
Apr 01, 2016 Andrea Medina rated it liked it
I like this book a lot because this is happening in a lot of schools and you can tell that it's based on a true story. This book is about a high school that has a lot of crazy girls that do all these things so that they won't get bullied. This girl wanted to hang out with them so that she won't get bullied. I recommend this book to girls that have been bullied or that are in this situation.
Aryanamarin
Mar 19, 2015 Aryanamarin rated it it was amazing
I thought that the book was very good it was a good story about Maleeka and her life. It was a nice story about how everyone was very mean to her and at the end of the book everyone kind of respected her and her color. I also liked that Maleeka would stand up for herself and wouldn't let anyone bring her down.She was strong.:)
Katrina
Nov 25, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Miszladiisparklesz
Jun 17, 2009 Miszladiisparklesz rated it it was amazing
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
Tiana
Jun 09, 2015 Tiana rated it really liked it
Goodreads Book Review:
Book Title: The Skin I'm in

The book "The Skin I'm in" has to do a lot with racism and confidence, which are problems other middle school children can relate to as a problem they have to face in school. The book's purpose is to not only show how the main character (Maleeka) overcame those problems, but it also has an impact on whoever is reading the book.
The major theme of this book is "self worth" because Maleeka has been fooled and blinded by everyone who's been bullyin
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Allendra
Mar 23, 2011 Allendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Olive Oyl
Apr 05, 2012 Olive Oyl rated it it was amazing
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
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Kierra Titus
Sep 10, 2010 Kierra Titus rated it it was amazing
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
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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).


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