Yolonda's Genius

Yolonda's Genius

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by Carol Fenner
     
 

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Yolanda is a great big girl and strong for her age, bigger and stronger and smarter than anyone else in the fifth grade. She is cool and streetwise, too, and afraid of no one. It's easy for her to watch out for her little, first-grade brother, Andrew. But their mother, a legal professional and a widow, is concerned about crime and drugs in her children's Chicago

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Yolanda is a great big girl and strong for her age, bigger and stronger and smarter than anyone else in the fifth grade. She is cool and streetwise, too, and afraid of no one. It's easy for her to watch out for her little, first-grade brother, Andrew. But their mother, a legal professional and a widow, is concerned about crime and drugs in her children's Chicago school. She moves them all to a smaller and, she hopes, smaller town.

Yolanda, at first, is scornful of her new town. And Andrew, who never talks much, is having trouble learning to read. What he loves to do is play on the old harmonica given to him as a baby by his father to teethe on and which he's kept blowing ever since. He can imitate any sound he hears, like bacon sizzling, or express any mood he feels, like the freshness of an early morning. Yolanda understands that that's the way he "talks." She is convinced Andrew is a true genius with a great musical gift. But no one else believes it—not her mother, nor Andrew's teachers, not even wonderful Aunt Tiny in Chicago. Yolanda sets out to open up adult eyes, a task whose strategies will call on far more than her physical toughness. Her plans crystallize on a visit back to Chicago to enjoy the great annual blues festival with Aunt Tiny.

Carol Fenner, whose previous book Randall's Wall has reached a wide audience throughout the country, has created a daring heroine in Yolanda and a warm portrayal of an African-American family in a story that moves with mounting intensity to a dramatic, believable, and a wholly satisfying conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This novel about a girl determined to see her brother's real genius acknowledged won a 1995 Newbery Honor; PW observed that it "merits acclaim for its fresh premise and forceful characterizations." Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Yolonda knows that there is more to her brother Andrew than meets the eye. He is having trouble at school with reading, but he really seems to have a gift. Yolonda is also struggling to adjust to life in the suburbs, a place her mother feels is better for raising her children than the inner city street of Chicago. No one believes her when she tells them that Andrew has a talent. In the end she proves that her quiet musician brother is a true genius. A Newbery Honor book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689813276
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
159,685
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Yolonda's Genius 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think that it was great but at some parts it was not as exciting. but i loved reading it on the nook
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books ever written! Carol Fenner is now one of my favorite authors. If you have to create questions(for something like reading olympics), this book has great things to do questions on. I also LOVE all the discriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not get the point, it made no sense. I really did not like this book. I hope the author writes a more interesting book this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS FULL OF EMOTION. I LIKED THEY WAY EACH CHARACTER WAS DESCRIBED. I'VE READ THE BOOK FOUR TIMES AND STILLL GET SUPRISED AT WHAT HAPPENS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yolonda's Genius is a good book so far because I have not read the whole book because our class is reading it together. We have read till Chapter 9 and it is very good.I was so sad when Andrew's harmonica was broken by Chimp.That was real mean of him.I don't see why he did that.Well this is really all I have to say. Bye!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yolonda`s Genius was a very good story.I really did like the book because the story remands me of my little brother.Yolonda knows that their bother, Andrew, was a genius. I think my little brother is a bad genius. I think everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YOlanda's Genius is a book that inspires even older readers to think deeper into the world of Carol Fenner. You will be asking yourself whether this boy is autistic by the end of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our class is just starting this book, but already we love the way the author appeals to our senses to describe everything. This is neat, as Andrew uses his senses so ingeniusly. We could feel the freshness of the suburban home. Andrew is very similar to many of my students when they were learning to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book messed up my child's mind. Now he wants to play a harmonica.