A Newbery Honor Ebook
Winner of the Correta Scott King – John Steptoe for New Ability Creator Award
A Morris Award Finalist
An NPR Favourite Ebook of 2019
A Faculty Library Journal Absolute best Heart Grade Ebook of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Absolute best Heart Grade Ebook of 2019

This deeply delicate and robust debut novel tells the tale of a 13-yr-vintage who will have to triumph over internalized racism and a verbally abusive circle of relatives to in spite of everything discover ways to love herself.

There are 90-six issues Genesis hates approximately herself. She is aware of the precise quantity As a result of she assists in keeping an inventory. Like #ninety five: As a result of her pores and skin is so darkish, other people name her charcoal and eggplant—even her personal circle of relatives. And #sixty one: As a result of her circle of relatives is at all times being placed out in their area, property laid out at the sidewalk for the arena to look. Whilst your dad is a playing addict and loses the hire cash each month, eviction is a typical prevalence.

What’s now not so common is this time all of them don’t have a spot to crash, so Genesis and her Mother have to stick with her grandma. It’s now not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, However she and Mother at all times combat—Grandma haranguing Mother to depart Dad, that she will have to have long past again to college, that if she’d married a lighter skinned guy none of this will be taking place, and on and on and on. However issues aren’t all unhealthy. Genesis in reality likes her new Faculty; she’s made a pair buddies, her choir instructor says she has actual Ability, and he or she even encourages Genesis to sign up for the Ability display.

But how can Genesis consider anything else her instructor says Whilst her dad tells her the complete opposite? How can she get up in entrance of all the ones other people together with her darkish, darkish pores and skin figuring out even her personal circle of relatives thinks lesser of her on account of it? Why, why, why received’t the lemon or yogurt or fancy lotions lighten her pores and skin like they’re meant to? And Whilst Genesis reaches #one hundred at the listing of items she hates approximately herself, will she proceed on, or can she to find the potential to start once more?