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Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D Williams

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D Williams is the story of a 13-year-old girl, Genesis, trying to manage the struggles of a difficult home life and a brand new school, all while learning to find love, and accept herself. She navigates through more than just the typical highs and lows of middle school and finds unexpected comfort and inspiration in her new music teacher’s guidance.

Genesis sometimes struggles to feel confident in her own skin. At one point or another, we have all had feelings of insecurity and Genesis is very relatable in that way. She works hard to battle those intimidating feelings and her strength really shines through in this story. Her character inspires readers to love who they are and know that they are enough regardless of what anyone else might think. In reading this book, I journeyed through all of Genesis’ emotions right alongside her. I felt the anxiety she felt starting

a new school, the frustration she faced with her home life and the mean girls at school but most of all, I felt inspired by Genesis’ perseverance.
I would recommend this book to any middle grader looking for an inspiring read about self-discovery and
self-acceptance. Genesis Begins Again is one of those rite of passage stories that I’ll be recommending for years to come.
Genesis Begins Again received many honors in 2019 including being the winner of the Coretta Scott King award, a Newbery Honor Award, a Morris Award finalist, and being on a number of Best Of lists.
You can check out Genesis Begins Again on Libby/Overdrive.
(Reviewed by Ashley)


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