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The Skin I'm In

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  14,651 ratings  ·  1,956 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published October 16th 1998)
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Mar 30, 2009 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
3Shani  H.
Mar 25, 2009 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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick read but such a common story of young children coming of age. The main character Maleeka is a “dark-skinned” black girl who encounters bullying, grief, low self-esteem, self-love, standing up for herself, and so much more. It is powerful in the fact that it does not sugarcoat what is realistic.
A young black girl finding her voice is one of the most beautiful things in this world.
“I’m black, real black, and if you don’t like me, too bad ‘cause black is the skin i’m in!”
Nov 29, 2008 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
ana ⚔
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
This book is so brilliant and I LOVE how honest and raw it is. So so so great. So so powerful. I love Maleeka's character so so much and the ending brought me to tears. If I have kids one day, this'll definitely be one of the books I read them and make them read it. I'm so glad I've read this and I can't wait to read more books by this author.

Please read this if you haven't.

Please check out the following, I swear it's less than 5 minutes!
Mar 03, 2009 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
Mar 06, 2008 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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story so much i gave it to my preteen grand daughter Jayda.
Jan 06, 2010 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
Ash R.
Mar 26, 2009 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
Gabriela Reyes
Feb 04, 2014 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
Aug 06, 2011 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.
Alejandra Martinez
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i think this book was really touching because there are people in real life who have to live like that every day of there life.I believe the hardest part for me to read was that her dad died,she has to go through bulling and they tried to rape her.I like how she basically goes on a quest to find what kind of personality she will have and find who she really is.I recommend this story to people who are bullies so they can under stand how really do they make the people feel i real life not just ooh ...more
Adamaris Jauregui
Nov 20, 2015 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
Nov 20, 2015 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.
Kayin Hammond
Nov 20, 2015 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.
Giniah_Queen (Giniah F)
I totally LOVED this book!
Black Girls Read Books, Too
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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chantel nouseforaname
Oooh I loved this.

Oh man, I can see why this book has been in publication so long and why it's passed around and round young black girls in elementary and high school. It's a charming story.

Let me tell you tho — in elementary school I knew a girl just like Char. Victims of violence and/or abuse or neglect in their own homes, they'd come to school and take it out on the other kids around them. I feel like we all know someone like that. It's fucked because it's a natural element of our world, th
Makiya Dees
Feb 02, 2015 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
Mar 28, 2016 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
Daniel Feldman
Jan 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 22, 2009 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
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
Jan 08, 2015 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.:) ...more
May 26, 2009 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
May 05, 2014 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
Mar 23, 2011 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 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
Ms. Montaño
Sep 14, 2008 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
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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

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