book cover of Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
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 13-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

There are 96 things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like number 95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant - even her own family. And number 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 number 100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?

Genre: Children's Fiction

Similar books by other authors

thumb
The Timeless One
(Revenge of Magic, book 4)
James Riley
thumb
Homerooms and Hall Passes
(Homerooms and Hall Passes, book 1)
Tom O'Donnell

Used availability for Alicia Williams's Genesis Begins Again

Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
ISBN: 1-4328-8220-1 / 978-1-4328-8220-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Striving Reader
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2019 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
ISBN: 1-4814-6580-5 / 978-1-4814-6580-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2020 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
ISBN: 1-4814-6581-3 / 978-1-4814-6581-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2020 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
ISBN: 1-5082-9809-2 / 978-1-5082-9809-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2020 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2020 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2020 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2019 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Genesis Begins Again
Author(s): Alicia D Williams
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Availability: Amazon UK