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Yolanda\'s Genius

Yolanda's Genius

(1995)
A novel by

 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
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.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 1-4395-2787-3 / 978-1-4395-2787-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-08-11
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October 1999 : USA Library Binding
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-613-01496-0 / 978-0-613-01496-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 1997 : USA Turtleback
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-606-12122-6 / 978-0-606-12122-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 1997 : USA Library Binding
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-7807-6865-5 / 978-0-7807-6865-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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May 1995 : USA Hardback
Title: Yolonda's Genius (Newbery Honor Book)
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-689-80001-0 / 978-0-689-80001-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Paperback Editions

May 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-689-82172-7 / 978-0-689-82172-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Merchandise &
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February 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: Yolanda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 1-58303-070-0 / 978-1-58303-070-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pathways Publishing Group
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January 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-689-81327-9 / 978-0-689-81327-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aladdin
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Audio Editions

1997 : USA Audio CD
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-7393-6178-3 / 978-0-7393-6178-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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March 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-8072-0461-7 / 978-0-8072-0461-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Lib)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

December 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-7366-9033-6 / 978-0-7366-9033-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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February 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Yolanda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
ISBN: 0-553-47821-4 / 978-0-553-47821-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

January 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2002 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Yolonda's Genius
Author(s): Carol Fenner
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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