Graphic novel, co-created with Mariko Tamaki

Groundwood Books, 2008
144p, Hardcover, Ages 14 & up
ISBN: 978-0-88899-753-1

Skim” is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls’ school. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself because he was (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. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation. Her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into “real” life by setting up a hilarious double-date for the school’s semi formal, and Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie.

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Selected Awards

2008 Governor General’s Literary Award Nominee

2008 Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel

2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books List

2009 Doug Wright Award Winner, Best Book

2009 Eisner award nominee (Best Publication for Teens, Writer, New Graphic Album, Penciller/Inker)

2008 Best of Books of the Year: Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire

2011 Most Awesome Book, Toms River Library Teen Gay Straight Book Club


Skim is available in the UK, Australia and NZ through Walker Books and has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and Dutch. A softcover edition was released in North America in 2010.