Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they're not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it's about her dark, black skin. 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 learn to do the same?
Author: Sharon Flake
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Release Date: 2007-07-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
Author: Pat Thomas
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Racial discrimination is cruelÑand especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. ÒA First Look AtÓ is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children. Each title explores emotional issues and discusses the questions such difficulties invariably raise among kids of preschool through early school age. Written by a psychotherapist and child counselor, each title promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The books are written in simple, direct language that makes sense to younger kids. Each title also features a guide for parents on how to use the book, a glossary, suggested additional reading, and a list of resources. There are attractive full-color illustrations on every page.
Follow Jessica on her journey to understanding what it means to love yourself despite how others may view you. See how Jessica handles the challenges of bullying, and learns to love the skin she is in.
Ruby, a curious little girl, engages the reader in a wonderful dialog with her mother. I Love the Skin I'm In!, uniquely expresses rhythmic responses to curious questions about skin color. The book creates a beautiful rainbow of harmonious expressions of tolerance, self acceptance and love of oneself. It is a simplified way of explaining to children that regardless of skin color we are more alike than we are different.
Author: Christopher Michael Spence
Publisher: Zed Books
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Social Science
This book discusses the role that sport participation plays in the lives of black male high school students. As a former professional athlete himself, the author brings a first-hand personal quality to this study. As an educator he strives to counteract the problems associated with students who place sports participation ahead of academic achievement. Christopher M. Spence also encourages educators to fight against inequality and racism in mainstream education and for all of us to fight injustices in society.
Join Jewel on her journey in "The Skin I'm In - An Intimate Journey With God" as you will discover how she overcame life's adversities through her relationship with God. With all of the chaos in the world today people, find it difficult to believe God still exists. If He still hears their prayers, continues to perform miracles as well as speak to individuals through prophetic dreams and visions. Spiritual warfare is very prevalent and most people have no idea how to combat the enemy of this world spiritually. Being transparent in her testimony Jewel has shared what she has endured. Verbal as well as physical abuse, death of loved ones, temptations of the world as a whole; during what she entitles her valley times. Through it all, she walked away victorious! She realized she is an over comer, an achiever, a dreamer, visionary and wonderfully made daughter of God. The author believes you will be blessed when you are done with the book.
This collection of original stories and poems provides rare insight into the minds of adolescent African American boys. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age seventeen to the love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, while Tyler explains what it's like to be a player with the ladies. And Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July, when the heat could make a guy go crazy. Sharon G. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave readers thinking differently, feeling deeply, and definitely wanting more.
Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. 256 pp.
Author: bell hooks
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
Release Date: 2017-06-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I'm in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide. Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much--what's most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free. This award-winning book, with its myriad of faces, introduces a strong message of loving yourself and others that will appeal to parents of our youngest readers.
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
[If only] Bran would stop acting weird....Probably he had a perfectly reasonable explanation for everything. I just couldn't imagine what it would be. When Britt's older brother, Bran, lands a summer job house-sitting for the Marquises, an elderly couple, it seems like a great opportunity. Britt and Bran have moved to Florida so their mother can finish college, and the house-sitting income will allow their mom to quit her job and take classes full-time. Having never lived in a real house before, Britt is thrilled. There's only one problem: Britt starts to suspect her family isn't supposed to be there. She's been noticing that Bran is acting weird and defensive -- he hides the Marquises' mail, won't let anyone touch the thermostat, and discourages Britt from meeting any of the neighbors. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Britt starts investigating and makes a startling discovery -- the Marquises aren't who Bran has led her and their mom to believe. So whose house are they staying in, and why has Bran brought them there? With unexpected twists and turns, award winner Margaret Peterson Haddix has again crafted a thriller that will grip readers until its stunning conclusion.
Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is starved for money. She will do just about anything legal to get her hands on the almighty dollar--wash cars, sell rotten candy, skip lunch, clean houses. She is obsessed. She is driven. She is afraid. Memories of being homeless, sleeping in the streets, and eating handouts keep Raspberry's eye on the only prize that matters to her: cold, hard cash. A haunting story of greed and forgiveness by the award-winning author of The Skin I'm In.
In this sequel to Coretta Scott King Honor Book MONEY HUNGRY, once-homeless Raspberry Hill vows never to end up on the streets again. It's been a year since Raspberry's mother threw her hard-earned money out the window like trash, so to Raspberry money equals security and balance. And she's determined to do anything to achieve it. But when a troubled neighborhood teenager attacks her mother and Raspberry's drug-addicted father returns, Raspberry becomes desperate for her life to change and ends up doing the unthinkable, potentially ruining her friendships and losing her self-respect along the way.