Skim by Mariko Tamaki


Written by Mariko Tamaki

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Stunningly drawn, this graphic novel brilliantly charts the deep and sometimes desperate conflicts and moods that prevail in teen years. Teenage witch Skim keeps a diary in which she records all her thoughts, hopes and fears. There’s the grief and anxiety following the suicide of a boy in school, her own inner loneliness and then the complexities of romance. Easily accessible, it gives a sympathetic and realistic view of adolescence.


Skim by Mariko Tamaki

After a boy at school takes his own life, teen-witch Skim's fragile world seems to topple and turn upside down too. In honest diary entries, Skim confides the frenzy of grief that surrounds her, while deep down she struggles with her own loneliness and the secret inner stirrings she feels when falling in love for the first time.


A funny, poignant, memorable drama of navigating adolescence. Quill & Quire * An auspicious graphic novel debut. Publishers Weekly * Writer Mariko and artist Jillian stunningly intertwine their acute dialogues and visual riches in brush, soft pencil and grey tones, illuminating this adolescent romance in all its conflicted depths. The most sophisticated and sensitive North American graphic novel debut of the year. Paul Gravett * With honesty and compassion, this innovative narrative communicates a life just beginning, open and full of possibility. Horn Book Magazine

About the Author

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer and performer with an avid interest in freaks, weirdos, and other fabulous forms of human behaviour.

Skim is illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki.

In her spare time, Mariko is a columnist for Kiss Machine and Herizons, and a graduate student in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto where she studies language, performance, and gender.

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144 pages
Interest Age: 14 years +


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2009




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