Black Author Series: Sharon G. Flake

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Sharon G. Flake 

Black Authors Series: Sharon Flake

Photo Credit: Sharon Flake

I’m not sure how the below YouTube clip from You Don’t Even Know Me by Sharon G. Flake came across my desk, but I’m glad that it did. The words paired with the speakers brings to the forefront a powerful statement. Our black men are being crucified before people even get to know them. They don’t know how wonderful smart, loyal, and all around amazing they are, because they’re too busy listening to what the news tells them to believe. 

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.

 

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 a book fair when Nathaniel was in grade school. 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.

I’m pretty lucky to be connected with Ms. Flake online, and she lives every bit of her author role every single day. Between talks at schools, libraries, and community organizations – she stays abreast of what’s happening in the real world and provokes conversation on her online platform as well. I’ve seen her donate her books to school libraries and challenge young students to try their hands at authorship. She’s encouraging and definitely one of the reasons that I love introducing my children to authors that look like us. As an example of black excellence, I’m asking that you take a closer look at Sharon G. Flake, and see if you can add more of her writing to your personal library. 


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9 Comments

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    Whitney
    February 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I’m always up for a good read! I’d love to win this book!

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    Rachee
    February 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love Sharon Flake! I met her once and she was just wonderful!

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    Renee Richardson
    February 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

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

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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    Heather!
    February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

    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!).

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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    Amiyrah
    February 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I’m in!

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    Amiyrah
    February 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    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.

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    Janeane Davis
    February 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I enjoy reading all kinds of books and enjoy the e-reader phenomenon because of all the books it keeps at my fingertips.

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    Kesha Brown
    February 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    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. 🙂

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    Arelis Cintron
    February 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Love the title The Skin I’m In!

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