“Gotta realize that all you are is all you got.”
Sharon G. Flake, The Skin I’m In
Sharon Flake’s award-winning and bestselling debut YA novel, The Skin I’m In is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a Special Edition of the book. It received the Coretta Scott King Award, the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and a YALSA Best Book Award.
Flake’s novels and short stories deal with the struggles of teenagers and young people of color and have received praise for their honest and urgent portrayals of complex issues and themes. Her second novel, Money Hungry (2001), dealt with a family facing homelessness and received the Coretta Scott King Award and was a Carolyn Field Honor Book, among other awards. Flake’s other works for teenagers and young adults include Begging for Change (2003), the short story collection Who Am I Without Him? (2004), Bang! (2005), The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007, illustrated by Colin Bootman), You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys (2010), Pinned (2012), and Unstoppable Octobia May (2014).
Huffington Post, January 2015
The Brown Bookshelf, February 2010
“Freedom is as big as the moon for a colored gal who ain’t afraid of nothing.”
Sharon G. Flake, Unstoppable Octobia May
A book signing will follow the program in the Children’s Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Classic Lines.