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  • OBOB 21/22: Genesis Begins Again - Paperback

OBOB 21/22: Genesis Begins Again - Paperback

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Thirteen-year-old Genesis must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself. Ages 9-13.

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This deeply sensitive and "compelling" (BCCB) 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 reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list:

-Because her family is always being put out of their house.
-Because her dad has a gambling problem. And maybe a drinking problem too.
-Because Genesis knows this is all her fault.
-Because she wasn't born looking like Mama.
-Because she is too black.

Genesis is determined to fix her family, and she's willing to try anything to do so...even if it means harming herself in the process. But when Genesis starts to find a thing or two she actually likes about herself, she discovers that changing her own attitude is the first step in helping change others.

"Reminiscent of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye." --The New York Times

"One of the best books I have ever read...will live in the hearts of readers for the rest of their lives." --Colby Sharp, founder of Nerdy Book Club

"An emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent that needed telling." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"I really loved this." --Sharon M. Draper, author of the New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind


We are offering 10% off the list price of titles on the 2021/2022 school year Oregon Battle of the Books lists! The paperback's typical price is $8.99. Genesis Begins Again is in OBOB's 6th-8th grade division. 


Author: Alicia D. Williams

Paperback, 384 pages, Ages 9-13. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, August 18, 2020.

coretta scott king award / family life / moving / multicultural / newbery honor book / prejudice / self-esteem
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