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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake crafts a remarkable story of one girl's struggle to accept herself. Maleeka Madison is a dark skinned African-American girl. She feels uncomfortable and wishes she had lighter skin. When her teacher, Miss Saunders, who suffers from a rare skin condition, shows that there is more to people than the color of their skin, Maleeka learns to appreciate and accept who she truly is.
Sisi Aisha Johnson's gripping narration makes this story come alive.
©1998 Sharon G. Flake (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC.
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"Johnson goes beyond delivering dialogue. She gets beneath the skin of Flake's complicated characters." (Audiofile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Romee on 12-04-07

For the young Black women

Thei book was very well read and dealt with an issue many young people, particulalry black people deal with intra-racial prejudice of skin color. The young girl is dealing with losing her father and trying to overcome constant teasing by her peers beacuse of her dark skin. She meets a teacher who has a similar problem but has over come it and come to embrace it as a part of herself.
There are not many books out there about and for young black girls to teach them to love themselves. This is one of them.

I reccommend it highly for young teenage girls dealing with peer pressure.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mindy Howard on 12-13-17

enjoyed it

my middle school students enjoyed it so much, they wanted to write a part II

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