The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake

This book is about Maleeka, who is picked on because of her dark skin color and her homemade clothes. She becomes friends with Char. Char told her to do her homework; Char told her she would make her popular. Maleeka agreed. Caleb liked Maleeka, but he stopped talking to her because she was teased. Later, a new teacher named Miss Saunders arrived at the school. The kids made fun of her because of her birthmark. Miss Saunders likes Maleeka because she is smart. One day Char got in trouble with Miss Saunders because she cut class and her grades weren't good. Char got mad and decided to set her room on fire, but she made Maleeka do it. Maleeka got caught and was expelled. By the end of the book, she told on Char, became friends with Caleb, and accepted her skin color.

I would recommend this book to everyone because The Skin I'm In is fun to read. Maleeka was so worried about how people thought she looked instead of looking deep enough to see the person she really was. This is a good book for all of the people who get made fun of. I learned a lesson. The lesson is don't make fun of people because they are different. We are all special in our own way.

You can buy this book at Amazon. You can also find a copy of it in Mr. E's class Read 180 library in the Paperbacks section, number 18. We also have copies at the Seattle Public Library and the Ingraham High School Library.

"MrEsSharon.jpgSharon 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 s in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007). . . . Flake was born in Philadelphia, PA, but has resided in Pittsburgh, PA with her daughter for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English. For several years she was a youth counselor for a foster care agency, after which she spent 18 years working at the University of Pittsburgh in public relations. She has written numerous articles for national publications. Prior to having her first book published, she wrote for approximately 15 years." (1)

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(1) Quoted from Sharon G. Flake's website.

by Amina