U.S.A. / 1998
This YA book is for young black girls. That is what makes it so powerful: it's clear, intentional audience. It encourages self-love and self-acceptance. It is about a young black girl who gets teased for being dark-skinned. In the beginning of the book, she is weak and constantly doubts herself. By the end, she courageously accepts her skin tone and begins to love herself. This book was so incredibly important to me when I read it as a 6th grader. It taught me that girls like me were beautiful, no matter what. This book holds an extremely precious place in my heart.