Black History Month Author Series: Sharon Flake

I came across one of Sharon Flake‘s book The Skin I’m In (written when I was a senior in high school) while working the Scholastic Book Fair several years ago, and I’ve been enthralled with her since. What made this book even more special is the fact that Mr. Houseful read it years ago while tutoring at a local school and shared with me his love for the characters and the ability to relate to what was going on within the story.

The Skin Iā€™m In

She writes about the gritty reality of being a young person in current times, and yes, her characters are usually strong black young people trying to find their purpose in the world just like we all did at some point of time in our lives.

Imagine my surprise when I saw a new book of hers that debuted at our fair. The title is Pinned, and it follows two young children with handicaps of their own. One is visible, the other is not since it’s a learning disability.


Since I love this author so much, I’ve purchased the book above to give away to one of my readers. It’s stated to be best for children aged 10-14, but I do believe that any adult could learn a thing or two from it, and strong 9 year old readers could grasp some concepts as well. Enter only the mandatory portion, or enter all for an even better chance at getting this book in your mailbox!

Enter below and Happy Reading!

(for a complete list of her books and info on how to contact Ms. Flake, click her name above)

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  1. Renee Richardson says:

    I love a book that has a good beginning, middle and ending. I don’t like a rushed ending. Thanks for the awsome giveaway šŸ™‚

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  2. Heather! says:

    I like a book that subtly invites the reader to examine issues in their own lives similar to what’s going on in the book. I certainly see this as a strength in YA titles (which I love, by the way!).

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  3. Amiyrah says:

    Whoops, I didn’t answer the question lol. I love suspense in books that if it’s filled with it, it makes the book fantastic to me and a great (and quick) read.

  4. Kesha Brown says:

    Ooooh the book sounds interesting…count me in! What makes a good book for me is being able to identify well with the characters and care about what they are going through and how they overcome obstacles. I like to laugh, cry, and empathize with characters. šŸ™‚

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