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Yolonda's Genius
     

Yolonda's Genius

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by Carol Fenner
 

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The story of Yolonda, a straight-A student, and her brother Andrew, who is having trouble learning to read but is a musical genius who can imitate with his harmonica any sound he hears.

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The story of Yolonda, a straight-A student, and her brother Andrew, who is having trouble learning to read but is a musical genius who can imitate with his harmonica any sound he hears.

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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.
Lauren Peterson
A beautifully drawn portrait of an African American family that escapes the mean streets of Chicago by moving to a small Michigan town. Nearing the end of first grade, Yolonda's younger brother, Andrew, is still unable to read, and Yolonda's widowed mother worries about him and scoffs at Yolonda's dogged insistence that he is a musical genius. Now Yolonda must use all her physical and mental powers to devise a plan to prove to her mother and the world that Andrew is a child prodigy. Dynamic characters and fresh dialogue combine with a compelling story line to draw readers into Yolonda's world. Preteen girls especially will identify with Yolonda's yearning to be noticed by handsome Stoney Buxton and with the awkwardness she experiences at being the new kid in town. Fenner's expertise is most evident in the implausible ending that she somehow makes totally believable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780768659
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 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.