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 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.