So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix - (Remixed Classics) by Bethany C Morrow

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Suggested Age: 12-17 Years
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Family
Series Title: Remixed Classics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Book theme: Siblings
Author: Bethany C Morrow
Language: English
Street Date: September 7, 2021
TCIN: 81855187
UPC: 9781250761217
Item Number (DPCI): 247-20-6820
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in this warm and powerful YA retelling of the classic novel Little Women, part of the Remixed Classics series.



Book Synopsis



Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in So Many Beginnings, a warm and powerful YA remix of the classic novel Little Women, by national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow.

North Carolina, 1863. As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedpeople's Colony of Roanoke Island is blossoming, a haven for the recently emancipated. Black people have begun building a community of their own, a refuge from the shadow of the old life. It is where the March family has finally been able to safely put down roots with four young daughters:

Meg, a teacher who longs to find love and start a family of her own.

Jo, a writer whose words are too powerful to be contained.

Beth, a talented seamstress searching for a higher purpose.

Amy, a dancer eager to explore life outside her family's home.

As the four March sisters come into their own as independent young women, they will face first love, health struggles, heartbreak, and new horizons. But they will face it all together.

Praise for So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

Morrow's ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless. That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation's story. --Booklist, starred review

Bethany C. Morrow's prose is a sharpened blade in a practiced hand, cutting to the core of our nation's history. ... A devastatingly precise reimagining and a joyful celebration of sisterhood. A narrative about four young women who unreservedly deserve the world, and a balm for wounds to Black lives and liberty. --Tracy Deonn, New York Times-bestselling author of Legendborn

A tender and beautiful retelling that will make you fall in love with the foursome all over again. --Tiffany D. Jackson, New York Times-bestselling author of White Smoke and Grown

The Remixed Classics Series
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi
What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri
Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore
My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron
Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix by Caleb Roehrig
Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix by Cherie Dimaline
Most Ardently: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Gabe Cole Novoa



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Praise for So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

A Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2022 ALA Rise Top Ten Selection

Morrow's ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless. That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation's story. --Booklist, starred review

Morrow's nuanced take on what life was like for newly freed Black people at this time will prompt readers to reconsider the simplistic good vs. evil, North vs. South mythologies that characterize too many Civil War narratives. ... Alcott fans and newcomers alike will find much to appreciate in Morrow's sophisticated remix. --BookPage, starred review

Impressive ... Via delicately written characterizations, each March woman exemplifies the notion that the wounds of bondage don't disappear simply because freedom is at hand, and the racist catalyst of enslavement doesn't disappear with the stroke of a pen, as a beloved story gains new meaning through the lens of enduring Black resilience, love, and hope. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Skillful ... Readers learn about the tenuous nature of Reconstruction, clashes between the newly emancipated and those born free, and the repatriation efforts of the American Colonization Society. --School Library Journal

Bethany C. Morrow's prose is a sharpened blade in a practiced hand, cutting to the core of our nation's history. So Many Beginnings' reckonings with race reverberate across time to challenge not just the stories we've been told, but the voices who have told them. A devastatingly precise reimagining and a joyful celebration of sisterhood. A narrative about four young women who unreservedly deserve the world, and a balm for wounds to Black lives and liberty. --Tracy Deonn, New York Times-bestselling author of Legendborn

A tender and beautiful retelling that will make you fall in love with the foursome all over again. --Tiffany D. Jackson, New York Times-bestselling author of White Smoke and Grown

Bethany C. Morrow is reinvigorating the canon one book at a time--her work is a gift to us all. If there's one writer I trust to take on the iconic March sisters and make Black girls the center of their timeless story, it's her. This remix is a hit. --Leah Johnson, bestselling author of You Should See Me in a Crown

Morrow is one of the most exciting voices in young adult literature today! So Many Beginnings is the most brilliant retelling of Little Women that I've ever encountered. Morrow transports her readers back in time so that we feel as if we are truly there. The pacing is perfect, the characterization is spot on, and the story leaps off the page. This is the kind of humanizing tale that I longed for as a child and tween immersed in the long-ago worlds of Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery. --Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games

So Many Beginnings may call itself a Little Women remix, but it's a Little Women revelation--an instant classic all its own. With tenderness, strength, and laugh-out-loud wit, Morrow's March sisters give unique voice to many often neglected historical moments and nuanced perspectives during the Civil War through a familiar lens: the incomparable bond of family and sisterhood. Fans of Little Women will appreciate the striking, creative new depths Morrow explored for these beloved characters, but any reader, regardless of how well they know the March sisters, will be deeply moved by this book. --Emma Lord, New York Times-bestselling author of You Have a Match and Tweet Cute

An instant classic with the boundless warmth, wisdom and heart of the story it revisits and reframes. Morrow makes it impossible not to fall in love with the March family all over again. --Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds

Beautifully written and utterly vital. --Nerdist

Readers who want to see much more Black joy in historical fiction will be richly rewarded. ... Brilliantly combines the escapism and relatability of a YA coming-of-age novel with the necessary work of reclaiming narratives and perspectives previously erased from the American literary canon. --Den of Geek

Praise for A Song Below Water:

Morrow expertly and smartly explores race, bigotry, oppression, and injustice against a backdrop of ordinary life with a dose of the supernatural added to the mix. ... A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. --Booklist, starred review

Morrow has deftly woven a contemporary tale with mythical elements to take on the invisibility and marginalization of Black women, touching on issues such as misogynoir, body image, social justice, and generational trauma. ... Empowering and innovative. ... Morrow elevates mermaids and sirens to -legitimate and compelling vanguards for social change. --School Library Journal

How the many different plot points come together, along with a startling family mystery, a terrifying nightmare from the past, and bullying that goes way too far, is what makes A Song Below Water a book of the highest literary quality that stands far above others in the field. ... In as much as A Song Below Water is thrilling and intense and utilizes truly gorgeous language, I found it to also be a tender and somewhat wistful novel. --Locus

From sirens to mermaids to sprites and gargoyles, the magic is familiar--but different enough to be exciting. Morrow ... tackles anti-Blackness and white supremacy head-on, while still giving Tavia and Effie the space to be realistic, flawed teenagers. ... In this magic-infused version of America, having a voice is literally a superpower--a powerful message for the times we're living in. --NPR

A watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beautifully Black siren song. An enthralling tale of Black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones." --Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles series




About the Author



Bethany C. Morrow is a national bestselling author. Her young adult novels include A Song Below Water, A Chorus Rises, and the Little Women remix, So Many Beginnings, and she is editor/contributor to the young adult anthology Take The Mic, which won the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award. Her adult novels include Mem, and the forthcoming social horror, Cherish Farrah. Her work has been featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY's list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews

A powerful story of emancipation and transition

5 out of 5 stars
lurkykitty - 1 year ago
So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow is a remix of Little Women with a Black March family, who has settled in the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island after their recent emancipation from slavery. This book can be read and enjoyed on its own without previously having read Little Women. The time and place of So Many Beginnings make this story very interesting. We see the perspective of a Black family as they transition from slavery to freedom, but still face prejudice and racism which affect their healthcare, living circumstances, education, wages and social status. The March girls have distinct personalities, strengths, interests and goals, yet are united by a strong bond of love and sisterhood. I appreciated how Morrow hinted that one of the sisters was asexual and portrayed another's chronic illness, which presumably Sickle Cell Anemia. I enjoyed these engaging, strong characters as they navigated momentous changes in society, personal relationships, and the transition to adulthood to find their place in the world. So Many Beginnings is well-written and meticulously researched and thus brings to light a setting and perspective in history about which we have not been taught. I appreciated the author's note in which she sounds the alarm about how racism and white supremacy have caused the teaching of propaganda rather than history, and how these biases influence the treatment of Black people today.
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