Skim

Skim, the graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki came onto my radar because it was nominated for the GG's literary award. Or, more correctly at the moment, Marika Tamaki was nominated. Jillian Tamaki, the woman behind the artwork, commented that nomination is bittersweet. On one had I understand that the category is "Children's Literature - Text" and that there is another that is "Children's Literature - Illustration." But I have to say that I don't think that you can separate the art from the words in a graphic novel and I'd be interested in hearing what everyone else thinks. Graphic novels are about the combination of illustrations and text. I'm really pleased to see a graphic novel on the shortlist for the GGs, especially this one because it's great, but I wish they had recognized both contributors. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Skim is excellent. Really. It is totally deserving of the nomination and you should add it to your reading list.  Skim (Kim) is a teenager that is dealing with some serious stuff. Depression, love, suicide, her sexuality and high school. Often it's what Skim doesn't say that means the most, especially in combination with the great artwork. You need to read between the lines and the artwork to get the full meaning of the story.

Great book. You should read it.