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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.


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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.

30 review for The Skin I'm In

  1. 4 out of 5

    4RodSheÉa

    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 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 one boy that likes her his name is caleb, and girls loved him. Including Maleeka but she thought that she wasn't good enough for him and that's where she is wrong. Maleeks faces going to school feeling like an outcast because voice's just laugh and talk about her behind her back and in front of her face. On day a teacher comes in and she too gets picked on because she has this big black mark on her face which is a birth mark. So she starts to get more envolved with Maleeka because she can feel her pain. One day Char gets into trouble and drags Maleeka so now Maleeka has to work in he office. While working in the office Caleb starts liking her and wants to be her friend but he cant even do that because everybody talks about them and so he stops talking to her and try's too avoid even looking her way so people dont think that they are envolved with eachother. Later on Char makes Maleeka set Miss Saunders class on fire and bailing on her leaving little Maleeka to take the blame. Maleeka have a journals and where it is her own fantasy where it is inspried by her life. Where she is an ugly princess. Who have been locked away in cave looking and smellig like se haven't taken a shower inwho knows what, and teeth and breath stanking, and is basiclly bald headed not literally. And the prince who too is stuck with her and he likes her for who she is no matter what she may look like. Miss Saunders likes her journal writings and tells her to do more of it and dont be afraid to go out there. Oe day Charlease comes over to Maleeka house and tell's her to come with her over a friends house. Maleeka not feeling so sure but she goes anywhere because she wants to seem cool. So goes to this neigborhood thats worse than hers. Char doesn't even pay attention to her and winds up abandoning her and now Maleeka isn't sure that where she is going is the right way she is going. It's so dark and there are three white boy's walking around taunting her and they almost raped her but she got away. Wanting (going) to tell her mom but when she gets there she cant even spaek because of the way she feels. To all come down to the end Maleeka is getting fed up with Char. Char tells her to do something and Maleeka leaves her hangig justlike she does her, pay back. Caleb has an epiphany of his own. And doesn't care what people say about him and Maleeka hanging around eachother because he enjoys being aound her. So Char's misdeeds catches up with her and she gets kicked out. And having 2 new friends Saunders and Caleb, possibly her new boyfriend. Things are looking pretty good for Maleeks's new beginng.

  2. 4 out of 5

    3Shani H.

    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 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 came up without a father so it was only her and her mother. Maleeka had a lack of demeanor compared to the average teenager, her mother sowed all her clothes and she only owned one pair of socks , thats only the subordiante and artificial problem what really botherd her was the lack of respect she recieved while walking down the depth and shallow halls of her school, all because of her complexion. Maleeka's skin was dark and smooth like and baby's bottom, she was tall and skinny as a toothpick with pretty big brown eyes that was round like the moon. no one seemed to notice the good things she had going for her like her smarts or her pretty hair and flawless smile her skin got the worse of her most of all for her conspicious attitude. she only wanted to be like the rest of the girls. the torture that came her way was ridiculos people would poor water in front of her locker so she would trip and fall. the would force her to do their homework and if it wasnt completed it was major prices to pay. she earned tons of nicknames like blackberries, poop face and charcol Maleeka that she described as deep cut scars that can mark her physically and mentally. maleeka was religious like her mother she was sanctified in Christianity she would run in the stalls of the girls bathroom and just pray and cry. the pain she felt was intense and chronic to her ears and heart Maleeka stayed to her self she had no choice , she also had a crush on the basketball teams number one leader Caleb. but caleb would follow the crowd and betray her also. Charlese Boons a.k.a Char walked and owned the halls of Willamson J.high even the teachers was threatend by her. Char was short and thicker than a snicker she never missed a meal and you could tell. she was a gorgeous smile and wore braids that her back , Char stayed up with the latest trends in fashion everyone was scared of her even her crew. besides apperance Char wasn't doing so good she gotten left back two times she was 15 years old. one day she approached Maleeka and wanted her to start hanging with her but little did Maleeka know it was only for her to do Char's make up work so she could get promoted to her right grade in return Char would bring Maleeka The newest outfits and lunch.Maleeka and Char have gotten close by now and she told Char about her crush on Caleb and Char went behind maleeka's back and went out with caleb. It ,broke Maleeka's heart when she found out and in the end Maleeka stop being with Char it wasn't worth the headache she returned all her clothes and accessories. Being judged by something artificial is one thing but being judged by something that comes naturally is another, always be yourself and love yourself no matter the flaws that stand in they way. I LOVE THE SKIN IM IN

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eloiza

    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 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 the others dirty hand and they left her. She ran home as fast she can then cried all night.This makes me think she has a diffucult life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bobbieshiann

    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!”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle/Cnca

    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 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 to ruin her life.....but she might think again.Ms.Saunders,the new teacher, is always getting in Maleekas business, and Maleeka is not liking it at all! Maleeka started hanging out with the wrong crowd(Charlese and the twins) she only hangs out with them becuase Charlese lets her borrow really nice clothes. And she also has to do Charlese's h.w. This boy named Caleb loves Maleeka, Maleeka sort of likes him too but she cant tell noone.....becuase of what Caleb did to her. He humiliated her in front of the whole class in the bus when they were in a feild trip to Washington(something like that). Charlese is making lots of bad choices and Maleekas following them. Dont think of Maleeka as a baad girl who plays her own rules....she doesnt. She has very good grades but Charlese is always making her do bad choices. Maleeka only supports her becuase of the good clothes Charlese brings her. Maleeka finally decides to stop listening to Charlese. Ms.Saunders is proud of Maleeka becuase she noticed it.At the end Maleeka still likes Caleb and chooses her friends wisely.(something like that) The theme of the book is to love yourself no matter how you look, how you dress,if youre rich or poor,etc. This book is very interesting and teaches you something at the end. I recommend it to anybody that feels insecure about themselves. This book helped me becuase I felt kind of insecure about myself. I still do kind of. Setting Of The Book: School, Maleekas house,and Peoples houses.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Makeda8f

    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 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 what. Maleeka went through many struggles, but she overcame them. This book is awsome for anyone around middle-school age, because that's when peer pressure kicks in.

  7. 5 out of 5

    AfroLit

    I enjoyed this story so much i gave it to my preteen grand daughter Jayda.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Giniah_Queen (Giniah F)

    I totally LOVED this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Feldman

    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 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 room to see if any of the book's pages had fell out, because truthfully, I didn't even think the book was over. Ladies and gentleman of goodreads I persuade you not to read this book, but write a new version of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayin Hammond

    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. READ IT!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Milbrath

    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 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 at the end of a long line of social-services options. This is not the stereotypical Freedom Writers, Dangerous Minds type of classroom. It comes with real issues of trauma and struggles to become independent women. The bluford series books, while engaging with real issues, are often times seen by my students as a diversion-like a good reality show. I took a chance on The Skin I’m In because when I read it, it handled the themes of identity, self-esteem and, self-consciousness of appearance that I found being discussed among my students. Maleeka Madison is a bright, 7th grader who struggles with low self-esteem because of darker-skin complexion. Charlese, a tough, street wise kid, befriends Madison after learning that Madison is very smart. The two form a mutually beneficial relationship where Madison does Charlese's school work, and Charlese gives Madison designer clothing. However, Charelese acts more as a bully to Madison than a friend, and constantly demeans her in order to feel superior in their "friendship." The conflict in the book focuses on Madison’s choice to follow the guidance of a new English Teacher, Miss Saunders, rather than her peers who act like crabs in a barrel. Not only has Flake written a realistic novel about the relationships of pre-teens in middle school, but she has incorporated the experiences, prejudices, etc. that would be found in young, African-American girls. Flake has also incorporated elements of urban hard living into the story. Its complexity and depth made it relatable to my class. Everyone could think of a Charlese in their life – a “friend” who did more to drag you down into the depths of despair than lift you up. While escaping reality is good for some choices of non-fiction, confronting it often provides more insight into our own lives.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alejandra Martinez

    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 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 i think this is funny and ill make my class laugh and that's all i have to say!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adamaris Jauregui

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jesus Montes

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Makiya Dees

    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 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 consequence and she didn't treat them any different!!!!! This book takes place mostly at McClenton Middle School.Maleeka got Nothing but straight A's and that's what they didn't like about her,she was smart and she couldn't help it. Maleek is a good girl but she tries to fit in with charlese who's I wouldn't sauna bad girl she's just a problem-child she doesn't have a mother they didn't say where her mother was or what happen to her and they never mentioned her father but yea char is disrespectful towards the teachers and other adults and she skips classes.Maleeka barrow's clothes from char everyday because char's sister buys all the new and up to day stuff for her while maleeka's mother makes her clothing. I really liked how the Sharon G. Flake described the characters in the book very well, for example how she describe Miss Saunders.In the text it states,"Miss Saunders is as different as they come.First off, she got a man's. name, Michael. Now who ever heard of a woman named that? She's still tall and fat like nobody's business, and she's got the smallest feet I ever seen. Worse yet, she's got a giant white stain spread halfway across her face like somebody tossed acid on it or something." That help me picture and understand what miss Saunders looked like better. A couple of different lessons I learned from this book is to pick and choose who you hang around, Be yourself don't change for anyone, you have to see the beauty in yourself because no one else will.Maleeka was very self-confident in herself she thought she was ugly and she thought she had to hang with char fit in even though char treated maleeka like she was invisible or she was a nobody or something. I would Rate this book or shall I say I souls give this book 5 stars because this book was very interesting Drama story I felt that this story was very creative and that's why it was one of Sharon G. Flakes award winning books. In this book maleeka was a very smart bright and pretty girl but everybody else didn't think so and they made her feel/ think she was ugly and not pretty enough to have friends or even a boyfriend maleeka made some very bad decisions in the book such as smoking cigarettes or almost burning the classroom/school down.I would recommend this book to everyone that likes drama's and twists in a story.If you like depressing beginning and uplifting endings then this is the book for you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    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 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 she dress but her mom made those clothes but she takes them off and her friend lets her borrow her clothes so they don't say nothing to her. Then her friend doesn't let her wear her clothes anymore and then that's why no everyone makes fun of her. Next they get a new teacher and she got a white burn on her face that all the kids can't stop looking at even Maleeka, but she doesn't judge her because she knows that she feels the same way. When Maleeka see's the burn on her face she can tell that people might have made fun of her too. Maleeka and the teacher have thing in common and it's very interesting that she and some else feel the same way. I didn't agree with how the kids picked on her because Maleeka never did anything to them so don't think it's fear for someone to get picked on and the one picking on her never felt the way Maleeka is feeling right now. My favorite part in the book is when Maleeka doesn't care what the kids say about her because knowing that she loves her skin is the best thing i like about. The author did good at how she mad Maleeka not feel down on her self and she knows that everything she does is find by her and she don't care what anyone say about her. This book is similar to Begging for Change because raspberry doesn't care what anyone say about her but she would care more about anything else. I rate this book a 10 because I loved this book because how the author wrote it. I would recommend this book to 7th grade- 9th grade girls because if someone is getting picked then this book would show you how Maleeka felt about her skin and will tell you that you should never let someone tell you anything bad because you know you are beautiful and know body can't tell you that you not beautiful because you are.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    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 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 times and her parents died so after ever sense Charlese starts to live alone with her sister Juju who parties a few times a month and she pays Charlese her little sister $100.00 so she won't sleep and take care of everything to make sure everything is perfect Charlese makes Maleeka destroy Miss Saunders room that is their new very ugly teacher with a really big birth mark on her face that it seems that they threw her acid and Jonh-Jonh another black minimi starts to bother her with a song that is "Maleeka, Maleeka- baboom, boom, boom, we sure wanna keep her, baboom, boom, boom but she so black, baboom, boom, boom, we just can see her" and once she saves him because she had to work to pay the money for destroying Miss Saunders classroom but it was Charlese her hidden enemy but when she's working she finds Jonh-Jonh and they walked together a moment after that there are three guys that are after Jonh-Jonh and a fight starts then Maleeka remembers when she was about to get violated so she tried to scream but nothing came out after that she screams and hit the guys and in the neighborhood said "we can not let anyone hit girls" and Caleb the guy she likes comes out with his mother and then she starts to starts gaining hope and at the end she says that it was Charlese the one that destroyed the room and they let-ed Maleeka back in to school and Caleb gives her a poem about how beautiful she is and Jonh-Jonh said "Yeah" "Welcome back" THE END.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kamrin

    I started reading this book because it is a new option to teach for our low level readers at my school. I can see why it would be an option for them. The chapters are all very short, and the book is less that 200 pages. However, I would recommend this book to any of my young readers. In this book we follow Maleeka, a 7th grader from a poor family. She tells us right away she is different from the other kids because of her dark black skin and her homemade clothes. She deals with being made fun of I started reading this book because it is a new option to teach for our low level readers at my school. I can see why it would be an option for them. The chapters are all very short, and the book is less that 200 pages. However, I would recommend this book to any of my young readers. In this book we follow Maleeka, a 7th grader from a poor family. She tells us right away she is different from the other kids because of her dark black skin and her homemade clothes. She deals with being made fun of for her rich black skin every day by other students in her school. The book follows Maleeka's relationship with a new teacher who also struggled with feeling great in the skin she's in. Miss Saunders connects with Maleeka through an extra credit journal Maleeka is writing about a young slave girl. This is a powerful book showing the not so bright side of young adulthood. It deals with fitting in, death, bullying, and other issues that surround students today. I would love to teach this book to my students. I think even my upper level classes could benefit from the story of Maleeka. Perhaps with upper level students you could use this book as a jumping off place for other books that deal with self image issues. It is totally appropriate for middle school readers, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Montaño

    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 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 her classmates and her friends, the person she most hates is her teacher Miss Saunders. Miss Saunders is a well-dressed woman who left her job in the corporate world to come teach at Maleeka's school. She is a tough lady who has high expectations and demands that her students do the work. The conflict with Miss Saunders reaches a boiling point when Maleeka has to decide whether to do something that hurts Miss Saunders so that she can fit in with her friends or to finally stand up to them. Is it more important to keep your friends or to be an honest person? Maleeka has to finally make a decision that may shape her life forever. I truly recommend this book to any student who has felt different. Ultimately, every person is different so connecting with Maleeka won't be difficult. It was a very quick read and an interesting story. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ash R.

    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 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 want to hide your face. You feel so caught up and alone. Even though everyone might be around you, your afriad of what they might think of you. I would rate this book a 5 because I could relate to the girl and her feelings of everyone judging her. It made me feel like I want the only one that went through that. This book, was like a guide to me, and help me to improve in some friend situations, and myself confident situations! Thank God my teacher Sadelle started it in class, and then I finished it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Reyes

    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 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 gone threw she rises to the top by telling herself everyday that she is beautiful and she appericates what God has gave her. This book is excellent for kids that have low self-esteem and don't have faith in themselves.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madelin

    I Really Liked this Book because it Talked about How A Girl Named Maleeka got Teased about how she dressed and the fact that she was black. She gets herbed by Char , Does her homework so Char can Lend Her clothes. I Think it was wrong for Maleeka to do that because She suppose to be Confirmed for who she is. Maleeka Changed alot at the end because she stood up for herself and i think that was right for her to do that. John-John Bullied her alot and Sang her songs about how black she was. I Think I Really Liked this Book because it Talked about How A Girl Named Maleeka got Teased about how she dressed and the fact that she was black. She gets herbed by Char , Does her homework so Char can Lend Her clothes. I Think it was wrong for Maleeka to do that because She suppose to be Confirmed for who she is. Maleeka Changed alot at the end because she stood up for herself and i think that was right for her to do that. John-John Bullied her alot and Sang her songs about how black she was. I Think that the purpose of this book was to Inform you about how you shouldnt be Bullied by other people and Stand up for youself.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    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 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 there is even a surprise for her in the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    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. 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. Kids I'm working with would love to see this as a movie.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lanier

    Scholars chose this book to compliment "Othello" and themes of Othering, or objectifying and demeaning another in order to feel superior or to abuse that other race, religion, sex or class. This, like "A Child Called It", by David Pelzer, is an essential read for young and old alike. Pelzer's sequels are "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave". Flake, like Walter Dean Myers, has a knack for bringing realistic characters to life in everyday conflicts while struggling with deeper issues of self-estee Scholars chose this book to compliment "Othello" and themes of Othering, or objectifying and demeaning another in order to feel superior or to abuse that other race, religion, sex or class. This, like "A Child Called It", by David Pelzer, is an essential read for young and old alike. Pelzer's sequels are "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave". Flake, like Walter Dean Myers, has a knack for bringing realistic characters to life in everyday conflicts while struggling with deeper issues of self-esteem, finding one's skills and learning to stand up and be heard.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yuliana Gallardo

    I really liked it, I hope that never happens to someone because it is really hurtful. I recommend it to people who are having almost the same experience as her because I learned that you should tell the truth even if someone told you not to and to not be shy.Even though I thought it used powerful and mean words.It was about this poor girl who her parent had died and everyone made fun of how she looked like and what she wore.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aryanamarin

    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.:)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Medina

    I like this book a lot because this is happening in a lot of schools and you can tell that it's based on a true story. This book is about a high school that has a lot of crazy girls that do all these things so that they won't get bullied. This girl wanted to hang out with them so that she won't get bullied. I recommend this book to girls that have been bullied or that are in this situation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Flake tells a riveting, emotional roller coaster of a story. The Skin I'm In delivers a positive message in an appealing package. You will find yourself fighting for every character. I would recommend this book to any student who likes realistic, character-driven stories.

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