A brave, beautifully told story of an Afro-American teen dealing with colourism, racism and bullying - but given hope by the power of an inspirational and kind teacher. 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? Features a new introduction by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.
5AN Interest age: from c 12 years, 5AX For emergent readers (adult), JFFE Violence in society, JFFE2 Sexual abuse & harassment, JFSL1 Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, JMS The self, ego, identity, personality, JNHB Bullying & anti-bullying strategies, YFN Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), YFS School stories (Children's / Teenage), YXC Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abuse (Children's / Teenage), YXN Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's / Teenage), YXS Personal & social issues: sexuality & relationships (Children's / Teenage)