About this book
Jillian Tamaki • Mariko Tamaki
A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008.
Skim is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth stuck in a private girls' school in Toronto. When a classmate's boyfriend kills himself because he was rumoured to be gay, the school goes into mourning overdrive, each clique trying to find something to hold on to and something to believe in. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's high school, and that's what happens to Skim when she starts to meet in secret with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But when Ms. Archer abruptly leaves, Skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.
Depression, love, sexual identity, crushes, manipulative peers --teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, pitch-perfect, literary graphic masterpiece. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki collaborate brilliantly in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being sixteen.
About the Creators
Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. Her books include Skim and This One Summer, both co-created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki; and SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless. She has contributed illustrations to some of the world’s top publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Guardian, and has taught at Parsons and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. www.jilliantamaki.com.
Mariko Tamaki is a writer and performer. Her work includes the novella Cover Me, creative non-fiction collections True Lies and Fake ID, comics Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston) and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki), and the young adult novel (You) Set Me On Fire. Her debut as a screenwriter/actor, Happy 16th Birthday Kevin, premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013. Mariko’s stories have been broadcast on national radio and she has appeared on stages, in various incarnations of herself, across North America. Mariko can be found online at @marikotamaki and marikotamaki.blogspot.ca.
Awards and Praise
- Commended PW Best Books of the Year (Comics), 2008
- Commended ALA Top Ten Books for YA, 2009
- Commended Bloomsbury Review's Editor's Favourite Books of 2008, 2008
- Long-listed Eisner Award - Best Publication for Tweens/Teens, 2008
- Long-listed Lulu of the Year Award, 2009
- Commended Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, 2009
- Commended ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2009
- Winner Joe Shuster Award - Writer, 2009
- Long-listed Lulu Awards - Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent (Mariko Tamaki), 2009
- Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Text, 2008