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Skim by Mariko Tamaki
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It's 1993 and Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, is in grade 10 at a Catholic girls' school. She is: Wiccan, biracial (Japanese-Canadian/white), sort of an outcast, overweight, falling in love with her English teacher, Ms. Archer.[return][return]I really loved this. It's so...ordinary. It's not a message book, even though there are lots of things (being Asian, homophobia, being queer, bullying, teen suicide, rumors, divorce, being overweight) that could be turned into big Issues to Teach a Lesson, but they're not. They're just part of what happens. That's part of what makes this feel like a story about teens rather than a story particularly for teens (though it's not inappropriate for teens by any means). [return][return]I really love the art, too. The style is obviously Japanese-influenced...but not manga-influenced. Take a look at the cover here, which immediately calls to mind traditional Japanese paintings. It makes for a rather unique comic style and I really enjoyed it.
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