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Uick read I wasn t crazy about this I didn t find it all that believable Yolonda is a spunky determined girl who loves her little brother That s good What s not good is her annoying habits of lying and of overeatingeating lots of sweets It was distracting because the author insisted on mentioning every malted milk ball every chocolate bar every food cart item every extra serving of pancakes that Yolonda would eat The skinny mother never seems that concerned and she never seriously addresses Yolonda s poor behaviors either the lying or the overeatingI did like at the end in the author s note how she shares the scenario that she witnessed which inspired this story So maybe it s not that unbelievable after all Yoloanda The Genius is about a young girl who believes in her brothers passion in music and believes that he can make it to the big time Yolonda tries to get reporters to listen to her brother play his harmonica in which he is SO talented at She faces obstacles trying to get people to see her brothers talent not to mention they have to settle down after moving from their home town Yolanda overcomes these obstacles and finally gets people to see her little geniusYolondas brother Anthony is talented in playing the harmonica but isnt recongnized for it Yolonda and her brother have to settle down in their new town after moving because of some issues they had in their neighborhoodAfter moving a couple of bullies break Anthony s harmonica #Anthony s harmonica was very special to him it was his fathers harmonica that he gave to Anthony before # s harmonica was very special to him it was his fathers harmonica that he gave to Anthony before passed awayYolonda tries to show the world that Anthony is a GeniusYolanda eventually shows her brothers There was a lot to love here Yolanda and her feisty spirit Moving to a new place and learning to make friends The night Yolanda and her family head out on the town when her aunt shows up Yolanda loving her brother so fiercelyWhile I can appreciate the magic of some moments I was not really loving this story I listened to the audio and I had to force myself to keep listening I did not really care about Andrew and his harmonica It could be that I d ust come off of reading could be that I d Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) just come off of reading and I couldn t handle any harmonicas I would ve enjoyed this book a lot if it had focused entirely on Yolanda adjusting to her new home Anytime the story moved to Andrew s POV I found myself losing interest and spacing out I left it at three stars because there were good things and it wasn t horribleust not my Godmanstone Blues jam Harmonicas and all Different can be good and special can mean amazing neverudge a book by its cover and never Ramp Rats: A Graphic Guide Adventure judge a person by their apperance Yolanda can see things about her brother Andrew that others can t She can see past the fact that he can t read and struggles in school She knows that he is notust making noise on the harmonica that he carries he is making music Andrew takes everyday noises and sights and creates music to match them on his harmonica Yolanda believes he is a prodigy a genius But she can t get anyone else
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see it When the family visits her aunt in Chicago they attend the great Blues music festival There Yolanda sees a chance for Andrew to be discovered Maybe then others will see his worthI enjoyed Andrew as a character and could really feel his struggles with reading How many k This is a great little book Yolanda is convinced that her brother is a musical genius and will not rest until her mother realizes this Yolanda is such a great character She is large smart and confidant One of my favorite scenes is when after Yolanda is teased on the bus about being as. Yolonda is smart tough and big for her age No one messes with her Yolonda's little brother Andrew doesn't talk much and he can't.
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Make Yolanda seem as if she changed although done well enough for me to buy it There are also a few threads to the story that fail to connect by the end which leaves the whole thing feeling incomplete And then the narrator made some strange choices in the character voice department making one fifth grade girl sound like an old diner waitress with a decades long smoking habit StrangeAll this is too bad really because of the good things here Yolanda s little brother and his musical abilities are nicely painted especially in contrast to his struggles with reading and speaking It seems clear that he s on the autism scale and although his mother doesn t seem to want to admit that he finds a strong ally in a speech therapist at school and that relationship although not completely fleshed out is nicely portrayed Also Yolanda s family is made up of her mother and her aunt who are self made black women from Chicago and are easily members of the upper middle class there What I love about this is that it s presented as no big deal as in clearly achievable to the point that it s not something to make the focus of the story Most Middle Grade books featuring black families seem to revolve around those families living in poor neighborhoods and struggling financially and those stories are important yes but it s also important to show other possibilities and other realities to young readers of color I want them to live in a world in which successful women of color are so commonplace that that idea takes a far back seat to the rest of the story in the books those young readers read So I d like to see of this but I d also like this particular story to live up to this background setting The first novel that I read 3 This is the book that gave me the initiative to love reading It showed me a strange but significant connection with Yolonda who was actually trying to cover her true self with her bad reputation She started off being stubborn and scornful in her new town in Chicago Then finds out that her brother who never talks much has a problem with reading He loved to play the old harmonica that their father left him He can imitate any sound he hears like #Bacon Sizzling Or Express Any #
sizzling or express any he feels like the freshness of an early morning Yolanda understands that that s the way he talks It strikes me most when she actually saw something that neither her own mother or the teacher of his brother can the genius in her brother She sees his talent as something so special and priceless This plot is kind of hard to describe Yolanda and her family move to Michigan and then Yolanda decides her brother Andrew is a genius and wants her mother to send him to a special school Her mother doesn t understand and Yolanda goes to great lengths to convince her of Andrew s giftThat s what happens in the story but it s not what this book is about It s about Yolanda adjusting to a new city and a new school making friends realizing what is important to her I LOVE that Yolanda can stick up for herself and is very intelligent and I love her loyalty to her little brother She is a great example for strong smart girl readers I also loved how Fenner describes Andrew her little brother She is a great example for strong smart girl readers I also loved how Fenner describes Andrew how he thinks Andrew s character comes across as borderline autistic but Fenner is able to make his strange and unusual associations make total sense in an alternative way from how we are used to thinking Even though I can t imagine in reality how Andrew could make the sound of bacon on his harmonica it still makes total sense how Fenner describes it The imagery she is able to capture is so coo. Rew and she sets out to convince their mother and the world of Andrew's gift A Newbery Honor Book and ALA Notable Children's Boo. L
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job describing how Yolanda s brother Andrew converts his view of the world into music he plays on his harmonica This is a great read for every age It was a good reminder to me to take time out of my adult world and worries to really try to ask about and listen to what my children need me to understand about them I love the protective older sibling component of this story I was surprised to see in the bio that Carol Fenner doesn t have a strong musical background Fooled me She does a niceob of describing how little Andrew understands the world through soundWe lost our daughter Holly in March to Tay Sachs Disease She was almost three years old This description of waking with sadness is true for me so many mornings since we lost our little girl she lay there and waited for it to settle or go away And while she waited eyes closed plump hands curved gently near her cheek two comforting sounds filled the light spaces in the air One was her ample stomach growling for breakfast The other was the sweet sound of her little brother Andrew playing on his wooden pipe He was piping his special waking up music a song he d invented all by himself Yolonda s sadness began to ease away She opened her eyes It used To Be Her Habit be her habit sleep until she heard Andrew s music The bright clear notes had always been her alarm clock back home in Chicago But ever since they d moved away months and months ago it was her sadness that woke her first that and the uiet This next passage describing Andrew could have been written of my experience with Holly Our world with her existed in a special place and time It went its own speed and we were unconcerned with what she couldn t do The older she got and the advanced her neurological problems became the difficult every day things became for her Every thing she did was incredibly special given how hard she worked She was a remarkable child and the sweetest and gentlest of souls I miss you my babyShe stood there for a long time her finger on genius She was so accustomed to the things Andrew could do that she never really noticed them Everyone was always concerned about what Andrew couldn t do like taking forever to learn to talk And Yolonda remembered the fuss over why baby Andrew wasn t walking Other kids his age were toddling bowlegged from chair to chair and Andrew sat sontentedly blowing sounds from his harmonica It had never mattered to Yolonda that Andrew didn t learn regular things uickly He was an angel faced serious little boy and the only person Yolonda felt great tenderness toward Yolanda is big for her age but she knows how to handle herself when the whale okes happen She s smart but surly and she doesn t really have any friends Her little brother is uiet and has trouble reading but Yolanda becomes convinced that he is a genius with their father s old harmonica so she sets out to create a scheme that will convince her mother he needs special schooling to foster his giftThere were things I really appreciated about this book but then there were others that I really didn t From the start I didn t at all like Yolanda s character I assumed that the story was traveling along the closed off and prone to roughness kid learns to open up and empathize theme so prevalent in Newbery Honor books but Yolanda remains fairly selfish unsympathizing and unsympathetic throughout The ending was abrupt and too pat with a last minute attempt to. Read but he creates unbelievable music When Yolonda reads the definition of genius in the dictionary she knows it describes And. .