Skim by Mariko Tamaki

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The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie. Suicide, depression, love, being gay or not, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers — the whole gamut of tortured teen life is explored in this masterful graphic novel by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

About Mariko Tamaki

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Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto-based writer and performer — "a talented writer getting better and better," says Now Magazine. She is the author of Cover Me,True Liesand the Book of Bad Advice and Fake ID. Mariko grew up in Toronto, where she attended a private school very much like Skim's.Jillian Tamaki grew up in Alberta and currently lives and works in New York, where her clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, the Walrus, Macleansand the Village Voice. She has received a number of awards for her editorial illustrations, including a National Magazine Award, and her work has appeared in the American Illustrationand Communication Artsannuals. Her first book, Gilded Lilies, was published by Conundrum Press in 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Doug Wright Award in the Best Book category.
Published February 28, 2008 by Groundwood Books. 140 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A quietly moving graphic novel explores a teen girl’s experience with friends, suicide, cliques and love.

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The New York Times

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A Wiccan-practicing goth who goes to a private girls’ school, Skim is the quintessential outsider, a dark-haired, Asian-American in a sea of Caucasian blondes, not skim (slim) like the girls in the popular clique, thus her nickname.

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Publishers Weekly

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This auspicious graphic novel debut by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki tells the story of \x93Skim,\x94 aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a goth girl in an all-girls school in Toronto, circa the early '90s.

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The Bookbag

Skim is a slightly overweight, goth, witch-wannabe teenage girl going to an all girls High School in Toronto in the 1990's.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Skim

Teen Reads

The book follows Skim's life over a year at a girls’ school, and for all of the girls who aren't princesses, divas, or goody-two-shoes, Skim's is a life you can relate to.

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Common Sense Media

Teens smoke a lot, and a teen boy commits suicide, possibly because he is gay.

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Monsters and Critics

Characters in this graphic-novel are above all recognizable, ranging from the familiar icons of bitter divorcees and blustering fathers, to the romantic theatre teacher and even the awkward Skim, thick-legged and uncomfortable in her school uniform.The essences of teenage change and inventiveness...

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Live Journal

My graphic novel training continues in yet another delightful reading selection entitled Skim, which was illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki.

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Certified yoga instructor and author Susan Verde wrote I Am Yoga, a picture book which helps children explore mindfulness through relationships and movement.

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