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Skin I'm in

(1998)
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Maleeka, the narrator of The Skin I'm In, is blacker than most of her classmates in seventh grade. She gets frustrated at being teased for her skin colour, that's like "a blue-black sky after it's rained and rained", by pupils who are also black--just a little bit less so. When Miss Saunders joins the school to teach as an experiment, on loan from an advertising agency, it is not just her posh clothes that make people talk but also her down-to-earth-attitude and her unusual face.

Sharon G Flake seemingly sets up a typical tale of adolescents coming to terms with their differences--visual and emotional--not least through the less-than-subtle title, However, despite the references to skin colour and teenagers' reactions to physical appearance, Flake treats her characters and story delicately. There are no blatant truisms about not judging a book by its cover, and the story works itself out without any need to hold forth on equality, whatever a person's background.

Maleeka's character grows and develops, particularly through her creative writing about a young black slave girl, which adds depth and imagination to what could be another high-school morality tale. Flake has reflected teenage fretting over right and wrong sensitively so that readers will sympathise with the characters while making their own subconscious judgments. --Olivia Dickinson

    

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April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Skin I'm in
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
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April 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Skin I'm In (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 1-4178-0860-8 / 978-1-4178-0860-1 (USA edition)
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January 2007 : USA Library Binding

Title: Skin I'm In (Sharon G. Flake)
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 1-4242-0363-5 / 978-1-4242-0363-5 (USA edition)
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January 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Skin I'm in
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 0-613-28643-X / 978-0-613-28643-5 (USA edition)
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February 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Skin I'm in
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-606-17605-5 / 978-0-606-17605-7 (USA edition)
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November 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-7862-2179-8 / 978-0-7862-2179-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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August 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Skin I'm in, The
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-7868-0615-X / 978-0-7868-0615-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
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February 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-7868-0444-0 / 978-0-7868-0444-3 (USA edition)
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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-7868-2392-5 / 978-0-7868-2392-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
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Paperback Editions

August 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-552-54763-8 / 978-0-552-54763-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rollercoasters: The Skin I'm in Reader by Flake, Sharon G. ( Author ) ON May-31-2007, Paperback
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 0-19-832675-0 / 978-0-19-832675-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 1-4231-0385-8 / 978-1-4231-0385-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon Flake
ISBN: 0-7868-1307-5 / 978-0-7868-1307-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
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2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: the skin I'm in
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 0-439-17214-4 / 978-0-439-17214-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Audio Editions

July 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
Publisher: Recorded Books
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July 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 1-4025-8472-5 / 978-1-4025-8472-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2004 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Skin I'm In
Author(s): Sharon G Flake
ISBN: 1-4193-7314-5 / 978-1-4193-7314-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Skin I'm in, The
Author(s): Sharon Flake
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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