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Groundwood Books


Written by Mariko Tamaki • Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

For readers - 14 years old | Published March 01, 2010 | 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

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


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 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.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2009
  • Winner Joe Shuster Award - Writer, 2009
  • Long-listed Eisner Award - Best Graphic Album (New), 2008
  • Winner Doug Wright Award - Best Book, 2008
  • Long-listed Lulu of the Year Award, 2009
  • Commended Bloomsbury Review's Editor's Favourite Books of 2008, 2008
  • Short-listed CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, 2009
  • Long-listed Harvey Awards - Best Graphic Album, 2008
  • Long-listed Lulu Awards - Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent (Mariko Tamaki), 2009
  • Long-listed YALSA Great Graphic Novels List, 2008