The Skin I’m In

The Skin I’m In

Thirteen-year old Maleeka Madison is tall, skinny, and dark-skinned.  That's a problem for her, because it's such a problem for everyone else at school, it seems.  To make her life easier, Maleeka befriends the toughest girl in school.  Only bullies force you to pay more than you’d like, so life for Maleeka just gets harder, until she learns to stand up for herself and love the skin she's in.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent
  • Publishers Weekly Author to Watch
  • New York Public Library Top Ten Book for the Teen Age
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adult Readers
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  • Texas Lonestar Reading List
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • YWCA Racial Justice Award
  • Detroit Free Library Author of the Year Award
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly