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Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
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Yolanda's Genius (1995)

by Carol Fenner

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Genre: Realism Literature
Age Appropriateness: Primary, Intermediate
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After moving from Chicago to Michigan, Yolanda's life changed dramatically. One thing that didn't change though was how Yolanda protected her younger brother. While spending so much time with her brother, Yolanda discovered that her brother was a musical genius. Yolanda tried again and again to have her mom realize her brother's talent, but when she didn't Yolanda worked hard to get her brother recognized by some of the biggest blues musicians in Chicago. While all of this was happening, Andrew (Yolanda's brother) was listening to life and figuring out how to express life through his harmonica.

This is good realism because while the story isn't true, it could be. The family was two kids with a single mom, there was a move, and the older sister took care of the younger brother.
  ebrink15 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Yolanda’s Genius - Carol Fenner 5 stars
This is Newberry Honor book that is probably written at a 4th or 5th grade reading level. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would love to use it with a class of bright middle grade kids. Yolanda is a big, black, 5th grade girl who moves from Chicago to a Michigan suburb with her widowed mother and younger brother. The story is about her quest to draw adult attention to her brother’s musical gifts. It is also the story of her struggles as an exceptionally intelligent girl to adjust to new surroundings and make friends.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Yolanda's family moves from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan. Life is very different in Michigan. Her little brother Andrew is having trouble learning to read, and doesn't talk very much. However, Andrew loves to play his harmonica. Yolanda sees that her brother is truly gifted and is determined to convince the world he is a genius. GENRE: realistic fiction. USES: to teach people are gifted in different ways, sticking up for one another. MEDIA: n/a. CRITIQUE: I think the author does a great job of helping us understand Yolanda's perspective, and relating to the characters. The author also created characters with fun, memorable personalities, that make the story interesting and captures the readers attention.
  Adrinnon | Apr 12, 2016 |
This book is a realistic fiction story describing the life of an 11 year old girl,Yolanda, and her genius brother. Yolanda adventures to a new city where she struggles through a new life, however, her biggest worry is her younger brother whose harmonica never leaves his side. This book describes what it's like to be a genius as well as the strong love between siblings.
  ejoy13 | Feb 9, 2015 |
After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.
Lexile: 710
  211Fern | Feb 25, 2011 |
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It was hard to say which terrible thing made their mother decide to leave Chicago, where Yolonda and her little brother Andrew,had lived all their lives.
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Yolonda is smart, tough, and big for her age. Back in Chicago where they used to live, everyone knew better than to mess with her or her little brother, Andrew. Andrew doesn't talk very much and he can't read, but he can create unbelievable music on the old harmonica their father left him.
When Yolonda reads the definition "genius" in the dictionary, she knows it describes Andrew, and she's determined to convince the world, and especially their mother. of Andrew's gift. Then one day when Yolonda's back is turned, the unthinkable happens, and the music stops.
Now Yolonda's mission is more important than ever. How can she ope people's eye to Andrew's talent and help him find the music again?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689813279, Paperback)

Young Andrew creates beautiful music on his harmonica despite his reading difficulties, and when the bullies of his Chicago neighborhood destroy his harmonica, his older sister Yolanda struggles to replace it. Reprint. Newbery Honor Book. AB.

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After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.

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