364 pages ; 22 cm
Age level: age Children lcdgt
Age level: age Preteens lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Fourth grade students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Fifth grade students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Sixth grade students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Seventh grade students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Eighth grade students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Middle school students lcdgt
Educational level group: edu School children lcdgt
Gender group: gdr Women lcdgt
National/regional group: nat North Carolinians lcdgt
Nutmeg Book Award nominee, Grade 7-8 Middle School, 2022.
Chapters 1-33 (untitled)
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? - Publisher.
Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.
Sentence length: 2 (easy) Word frequency: 1 (very easy) Lexile.
Accelerated Reader MG 4.5 11.0.
Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author) Award, 2020
Newbery Honor Book, 2020
William C. Morris Prize Finalist, 2020
Accelerated Reader AR Middle grade 4.5 11.0 199648. fsmlib
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