From the Publisher
A New York Times Book Review choice as one of
the 10 Best Illustrated Children''s Books of
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 Author
Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto-based writer and performer - "a talented
writer getting better and better," says Now Magazine
is the author of Cover Me
, True Lies
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,
Macleans and 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 Illustration and Communication Arts
annuals. 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.
About the Book
"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school in the early '90s. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself -- possibly because he's (maybe) gay -- the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's what happens to Skim when she starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. But then Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, and Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation while her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double-date for the school's semi formal. Suicide, depression, love, homosexuality, crushes, cliques of popular, manipulative peers -- the whole gamut of teen life is explored in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being 16.