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Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

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A Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award
A Morris Award Finalist
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant--even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence.

What's not so regular is that this time they all don't have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It's not that Genesis doesn't like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight--Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she'd married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren't all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she's made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.

But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? Why, why, why won't the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams lighten her skin like they're supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?

Author: Alicia D. Williams
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published: 01/15/2019
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.50w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781481465809
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.5
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 199648 / Genesis Begins Again

Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book
Award: William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Finalist
Award: John Steptoe New Talent Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 02/01/2019 pg. 62
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2018 pg. 198
Publishers Weekly 12/10/2018
Booklist 12/15/2018 pg. 97
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2019 pg. 108
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2019
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average
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