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Sharon Flake


Sharon Flake

Sharon G. Flake exploded onto the literary scene with her novel THE SKIN I'M IN, in 1998, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner and many of her novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Sharon Flake

Books by Sharon Flake

by Sharon Flake - Fiction, Short Stories

Guys and girls get together, get played, and get real. WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM? is a Booklist Top Ten Romance Novel for Teens and is “breaking new and necessary ground”* in 12 short stories about guys and girls falling in and out of love and relationships, testing out ways to communicate with one another, respect each other --- and respect themselves. This is a complex, often humorous and always on-point exploration of today's teens determined to find love and self-worth...any way they know how.

by Sharon Flake - African American Interest, Anthology, Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult 10+

In 9 stories and 15 poems, Sharon G. Flake provides insight into the minds of adolescent African American males. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age 16 to love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, which threatens to pull James down, too. In a letter to his uncle, La'Ron confesses that he's infected with HIV. Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July. Characters come to life in this collection of urban male voices. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave readers thinking differently, feeling deeply and definitely wanting more.

written by Sharon Flake with a foreword by Jason Reynolds - Children's 10+, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

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?

Written by Sharon Flake and illustrated by Anna Raff - Children's 3-7, Picture

This clever and hilarious story stars Cat, who starts out perfectly content and relaxed, and Duck, who infuriates him by meowing like a cat instead of quacking like Cat thinks he should.

by Sharon Flake - Historical Fiction

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin.