By (author) Carol Fenner
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Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner
Book DescriptionYolanda 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780689800016
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Carol Fenner
Black Beauty, Paperback (September 2006)
Both a strong statement against animal mistreatment and an absorbing story of one horse's long life, "Black Beauty" has been a favorite for horse lovers since it was first published in 1877. Foreword by Carol Fenner. Includes a reading group guide.
Randall's Wall, Paperback (August 2000)
Randall Lord, destitute and filthy-dirty, retreats behind an invisible wall that isolates and protects him from the cruelty of others--until his talent for drawing and the unexpected friendship of a classmate cause Randall's wall to crumble. Then a new world opens up for him.
Yolonda's Genius, Hardback (January 1997)» View all books by Carol Fenner
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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