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Yolonda's Genius
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First edition
Author Carol Fenner
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Aladdin Paperbacks
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 211 pp
ISBN 0689821727
OCLC 704446749

Yolonda's Genius is a Newbery Honor book written by Carol Fenner and published in 1995. It was also a Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee in 1998.


The book begins with the main character Yolonda and her family living in Chicago. She is big and tough for her age, which makes it easy for her to look after her little brother Andrew. Their mother moves the family to a new town in Grand River, Michigan. Yolonda adjusts well in school while Andrew ends up struggling. However, despite their academic differences, Yolonda is convinced that Andrew is a true musical genius. No one believes her claims though so she plans to prove all the naysayers wrong. So while they visit their Aunt Tiny back in Chicago, Yolonda sneaks Andrew onstage a Blues Concert where he finally shows his talent.

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