Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured YA Book: Skim by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

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Groundwood Books, 2008

Quill & Quire calls Skim "a funny, poignant, memorable drama of navigating adolescence." Author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Jillian Tamaki will be at This Is Not A Reading Series on March 26. Click here for event details.

About Skim: It's the early nineties and "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.

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 Lies: A Book of Bad Advice, Fake ID and Emiko Superstar, illustrated by indie comics legend Steve Rolston. For more information on Mariko Tamaki, visit her website.

Jillian Tamaki grew up in Alberta and currently lives and works in New York. Her work appears in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, the Walrus, Maclean's and the Village Voice. She has received a number of awards for her editorial illustrations, including a National Magazine Award. For more information on Jillian Tamaki, visit her website.

From the catalogue. Read more about Skim at the Groundwood Books website.