Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Book Review- The Skin I'm In

The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake

Reviewed by Katie G. Chester County Library

Seventh grader Maleeka Madison is picked on by the other students in her middle school for being the “darkest and worst dressed” student at school. In an effort to find some protection she latches on to Charlese, who is the leader of the pack. This does not prove to be a better situation as Charlese still bullies Maleeka. Luckily, in walks Miss Saunders into Maleeka’s life. Miss Saunders, a successful business woman who has taken a year away from her high powered job to work as a teacher, coaches Maleeka to accept who she is. Through this help Maleeka has the confidence to enter and win a poetry contest. She finds the courage and confidence to overcome the bullying of her classmates.

I liked this book because I felt like the characters and the dialogue were realistic. This is a good book to read if you are interested in finding out how one girl became comfortable and confident in her own skin.

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