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January 2022: Young Readers

Updated: Apr 23, 2022

For January 2022, we are thrilled to feature Sharon G. Flake’s The Life I’m In, sister novel (book 2 of 2) to Flake's award-winning debut novel, The Skin I’m In (book 1 of 2). In The Skin I'm In, we saw into the life of Maleeka Madison, a seventh grader who was ridiculed and teased by Char and others because of her dark skin colour. Many readers were left at the end of The Skin I’m In wondering what happened to Char. Anyone who has watched a friend, relative, or even acquaintance suffer through life circumstances which changed them leaving them broken and angry at the world, made us want better for Char and to wonder what her fate might be. This long-anticipated book follows Charlese Jones (Char) as she exposes readers to those life conditions which cause young people to act out and bully others. The book also exposes readers to the important topic of human trafficking, drawing young and adult readers alike to the need for more awareness around this devastating issue and ways we can open dialogues and advocate for an end to trafficking. Thank-you Sharon for this necessary addition to young readers literature!

About the Author

Sharon G. Flake was a 2021 finalist for one of the most prestigious awards in publishing, The Kirkus Prize. Her novel, The Life I’m In, is a companion to The Skin I’m In, a book that brought a bold dimension to literature for young readers. Now considered a modern classic, The Skin I’m In has sold over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages. The novel is required reading in classrooms and communities around the globe. Since its publication, Flake has authored a dozen books, winning multiple Coretta Scott King Honor Awards; ALA Notable and Top Ten Recommended Books citations, and an NAACP Image Award Nomination, among many accolades. Her latest novel, The Life I’m In, has been deemed one of the most anticipated sequels of the decade.

To find out more about Sharon and what she's up to and to investigate more of her amazing books, visit her website:

Educational Resources

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The Life I'm In Educational Resources
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Our Interview with Sharon G. Flake: January 22, 2022


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