Accolades: “Genesis Begins Again”

Kirkus, starred review
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
2020 Newbery Honor Book
2020 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent
2020 William C. Morris Prize Finalist
2019 Kirkus Prize Finalist
2021 Audie Award Finalist For Best Middle Grade Audio Book
NPR Favorite book of 2019
A School Libary Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
ILA Teachers’ Choices
CBC/NCSS Notable Children’s Book in Social Studies
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
Maine Student Book Award Reading List
Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist
Just One More Page Recommendation List
Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Top Pick
NYPL Best Books for Kids (Top Ten)
South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee
Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee
Rebecca Caudill Nominee

5 Reasons to Read “Genesis Begins Again” by Alicia D. Williams

1) Smooth and engrossing prose.
2) Genesis is an emotional, hopeful, adolescent journey.
3) This novel provides a much-needed examination of our cultural standards of beauty and what damage those standards can do to the self-esteem and dignity of young people.
4) Genesis is a strong, beautiful character.
5) Genesis deals with numerous issues that youth face on a daily basis.