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Genesis Begins Again

2021 Audie Award Finalist For Best Middle Grade Audio Book

2020 ALA Newbery Honor Book

2020 ALA Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent

2020 ALA/William C. Morris Prize Finalist

2019 Kirkus Prize Finalist

Thirteen year-old Genesis Anderson hates her dark skin shade and kinky, coily hair. She prays every night for one thing—to be beautiful. If she's beautiful like her lighter Mama, then Grandma will love her more, the ruthless taunts at school will end, and most importantly, Dad will stop drinking.


Singing becomes her only solace, so when a school talent show is announced, she wonders if this might be her one true chance to win Dad’s approval and make her family whole again.  But will she be able to get up on stage, as black as she is, and sing? Drawing strength from Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James—their music and who they were—Genesis harnesses their power into finding her own voice.

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With smooth and engrossing prose, debut novelist Williams takes readers through an emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey. -Kirkus Starred Review

With its relatable and sympathetic protagonist, complex setting, and exceptional emotional range, this title is easy to recommend. -Publishers Weekly Starred Review

. . . Stunning debut novel . . .the standout voice in this tinder and empowering novel--reminiscent of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," but more appropriate for a much younger audience. - New York Times


NPR Favorite book of 2019A                                                                             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

Amazing Audiobooks for YA                                                                              YouPer Award (MI)

Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award Master List (OK)                               Just One More Page Recommendation List

Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Top Pick                                                     NYPL Best Books for Kids (Top Ten)

YouPer Award Top Ten Title                                                                               South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee

Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee                                   Rebecca Caudill Nominee

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Jump At The Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

This story shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the extraordinary folklorist and novelist extraordinaire who changed the face of American literature.

Zora was a girl who hankered for tales like bees for honey. Now, her mama always told her that if she wanted something, “to jump at de sun”, because even though she might not land quite that high, at least she’d get off the ground. So Zora jumped . . . the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales . . . to Howard University where she dug into books . . . to Harlem at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Everywhere she landed, she shone sunlight on the tales most folks hadn’t even bothered to listen to . . . until Zora. Tales no one had written down, until Zora. Tales on an entire culture unrecognized, until Zora. Until Zora jumped.

Newbery Honeree Williams crafts distinctive prose evoking Black folktales of the American South. - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This introduction to an American icon feels just right. -Kirkus Starred Review

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Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress

Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother's curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly...and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? "Fighting Shirley Chisholm--Unbought and Unbossed!" Does she win? You bet she does.

Recognize! An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life!


More than thirty award-winning Black authors and artists come together to create a moving anthology collection celebrating Black love, Black creativity, Black resistance, and Black life. These creators lend their voice, insight, and talent to this inspiring anthology full of essays, poems, short stories, and historical excerpts. In these pages, find stories of the past, journeys of the present, and the light guiding the future.

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