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Fenner, Carol.
New York : Aladdin, 1995.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0689800010

(2 booktalks)

Booktak #1

Yolanda is smart, tough and big for her age. Her younger brother Andrew loves to play the harmonica. Yolanda believes that he is a real genius even though most people think he is a bit slow. After the family moves from Chicago to Michigan, some school bullies take Andrew's harmonica and he retreats into himself. Can Yolanda convince people that there is more to Andrew than they think? Can she replace the prized harmonica and unleash her brother's genius? Read YOLANDA'S GENIUS to find out.

Booktalk #2

                       Have you ever met someone you want to be friends with but they have built a wall around themselves?  Moved from the street wise neighborhood in Chicago Yolanda has to present a tough personality to all those she meets in her new town.  Yolanda is very protective of her younger brother Andrew.
                        Andrew always has a harmonica in his hand. He plays the music he hears from everyday life.  Yolanda looks up the word genius and decides Andrew is a musical genius. But how will she convince her mother that Andrew gifted and not special education material? (Roberta Dwelley,, Murray LaSaine Elementary School)

SUBJECTS:     Moving, Household -- Fiction
                        African Americans -- Fiction
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
                        Genius -- Fiction


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