Groundwood Books

Skim

Written by Mariko Tamaki • Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

For students in grades - 9 | Published 2010-30- | ISBN 9780888999641
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

Cover of Skim

Regular price $12.95 CAD

144 pages | 10 in × 6.5 in
Print Format

About this book

Skim

Mariko Tamaki • Jillian 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

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator with Jillian Tamaki of Skim and of Caldecott and Printz Honor book This One Summer. Mariko also writes about superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Oakland, California.

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, among many other accolades. She co-created the highly acclaimed graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Mariko Tamaki, and she is the creator of the webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, and Boundless, a collection of short comics for adults. She has won many awards for her work, including a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, the Eisner Award, the Doug Wright Award and the Ignatz Award. Her work has also been named to the list of New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended New York Times Best Illustrated Books, 2008
  • Long-listed Ignatz Award - Outstanding Artist, 2008
  • Commended Bloomsbury Review's Editor's Favourite Books of 2008, 2008
  • Commended ALA Top Ten Books for YA, 2009
  • Long-listed Lulu Awards - Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent (Mariko Tamaki), 2009
  • Winner Ignatz Award - Outstanding Graphic Novel, 2008
  • Winner Doug Wright Award - Best Book, 2008
  • Commended Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, 2009
  • Long-listed YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, 2008
  • Commended Bloomsbury Review's Editor's Favourite Books of 2008, 2008