The Skin I'm in, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class.

If they're not getting at her about her embarrassing home-made clothes or her good grades at school, it's about her dark, black skin - a deeper shade than any of theirs.

When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too.

But the new teacher's attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she's in. Can Maleeka too? A deeply involving novel that will draw readers into Maleeka's world and let them see it through her eyes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780552547635



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The Skin I'm In is a fiction novel about an African American girl named Maleeka who gets teased because of her race. She becomes friends with Char, the antagonist character, and often gets in trouble because of her. There are many times she is in a situation and doesn't know what to do. Maleeka grows tired of everyone bulling her so she finally stands up for herself. I think that many kids would enjoy reading this because they can relate to it.

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Wonderful story that has the potential to teach its reader to be comfortable with who they are. This story follows Maleeka, a girl who is heavily bullied because her skin is "too dark." She goes on a journey of understanding herself and what she is and being okay with that. As the story progresses Maleeka learns that she is okay in "the skin she's in." This a fantastic book that teaches not only literacy concepts but life concepts.