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Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Label
Skim
Title
Skim
Statement of responsibility
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Title variation
Skim's journal
Title variation remainder
private property
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
16-year-old "Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique starts a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression
Award
  • Doug Wright Awards: Best Book, 2009.
  • Ignatz Awards, Outstanding Graphic Novel, 2008.
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2008
  • OLA Best Bets, 2008.
  • Rainbow List, 2009.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2009
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2014.
Review
  • Gr. 11-12 Canadian essayist and adult-books author Tamaki and her cousin, an artist, dive into the graphic format by using high school as a fertile setting for pungent commentary on racial, cultural, and sexual issues. Pudgy Asian American Skim suffers the contempt of the popular crowd at her all-girl school and ponders the repercussions of the recent suicide of a local boy. The source of her greatest anguish, however, is her intense love for her drama teacher, Ms. Archer, an affection only briefly requited before the teacher leaves without explanation. The narrative, mainly in diary form, feels accurate and realistic, drenched in a sense of confusion and nihilism, and the art, influenced by Craig Thompson's Blankets (2003), reflects the spare, gloomy emotional landscape in which Skim exists. This story will appeal to many female comics fans, though readers may, in the end, be slightly turned off by a resolution that awkwardly introduces some odd sunlight into the otherwise dark world. -- Karp, Jesse (Reviewed 03-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 14, p62)
  • Gr 10 Up –Kimberly Keiko Cameron–aka “Skim”–is a mixed-race high school student struggling with identity, friendships, and romantic yearning. After her parents’ divorce, she turns to tarot cards and Wicca to make sense of life but finds herself disappointed with the lack of answers they provide. She finds herself increasingly intrigued by Ms. Archer, her free-spirited English teacher. Her interest becomes obsessive and it begins to drive a wedge between her and her best friend, Lisa. Although Skim originally makes light of the half-hearted suicide attempts of popular Katie, whose ex-boyfriend committed suicide, the two of them begin to open up to one another. Skim soon realizes that “perfect” Katie is far funnier, more genuine, and more traumatized than she originally thought–particularly when it comes to light that John shot himself due to his homosexuality. Drawn in an expressive, fluid style and with realistic dialogue, this work accurately depicts the confusion of teenage years, with its rejection of previous identity and past relationships and search for a newer and truer identity; additionally, insider/outsider status is a reoccurring theme. Skim’s internal monologue is diarylike, with an interesting use of “scratched-out” words. This is a good but somewhat standard work.–Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY --Dave Inabnitt (Reviewed May 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 5, p160)
  • This auspicious graphic novel debut by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki tells the story of “Skim,” aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a goth girl in an all-girls school in Toronto, circa the early '90s. Skim is an articulate, angsty teenager, the classic outsider yearning for some form of acceptance. She begins a fanciful romance with her English teacher, Ms. Archer, while nursing her best friend through a period of mourning. The particulars of the story may not be its strong suit, though. It's Jillian's artwork that sets it apart from the coming-of-age pack. Jillian has a swooping, gorgeous pen line—expressive, vibrant and precise all at once. Her renderings of Skim and her friends, Skim alone or just the teenage environment in which the story is steeped are evocative and wondrous. Like Craig Thompson's Blankets , the inky art lifts the story into a more poetic, elegiac realm. It complements Mariko's fine ear for dialogue and the incidentals and events of adolescent life. Skim is an unusually strong graphic novel—rich in visuals and observations, and rewarding of repeated readings. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed February 4, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 5, p44)
  • A quietly moving graphic novel explores a teen girl's experience with friends, suicide, cliques and love. Both overweight and of mixed ethnicities, Kimberly Keiko Cameron—also known as "Skim" because "she's not"—is slowly moving through high school with her best friend Lisa. Both sharply witty and incisive, the two girls dabble in various forms of self-expression and exploration, like dressing with Gothic flair and trying Wicca. The two girls come to an impasse when Lisa gets an unexpected chance to join the popular clique. Coupled with her tumultuous friendship, Skim also harbors a crush on a female teacher, which leads her to begin to question herself and her desires. Long, languid lines portray Skim's turmoil and angst with pitch-perfect resonance and show how, for teens, time seems to be so drawn out. While Tamaki's faces are sometimes unsettling, the reader has the distinct impression that they should be uncomfortable. Recommend this to fans of Daniel Clowes's Ghost World, who have been waiting for another graphic novel of teen angst and suburban ennui. (Graphic novel. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2008)
Awards note
New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book Award, 2008.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
264683
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tamaki, Mariko
Dewey number
741.5/971
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • GN540L
  • Decoding demand: 88 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 99 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 81 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 86 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
Reading level
3.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Tamaki, Jillian
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage girls
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Depression in adolescence
  • Love in adolescence
  • Teenage girls
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Depression in adolescence
  • Love in adolescence
  • Goth culture (Subculture)
  • Girls' schools
  • Suicide
  • Depression in adolescence
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Girls' schools
  • Goth culture (Subculture)
  • Graphic novels
  • Love in adolescence
  • Suicide
  • Teenage girls
  • Teenagers
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
721296
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
141 pages
Isbn
9780888997531
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780888997531
  • (OCoLC)166389983
Label
Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
721296
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
141 pages
Isbn
9780888997531
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780888997531
  • (OCoLC)166389983

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