Everything you need to understand or teach Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner.
"Yolanda's Genius" is the story of eleven-year-old Yolanda's fierce determination to prove that her younger brother, Andrew, is a musical genius.
"Yolanda's Genius" opens with the Blues family - Momma, Yolanda, and Andrew - eating breakfast in the slums of Chicago. Because of the drugs present in the neighborhood, and the fact that seven-year-old Andrew has come home with a pocket full of cocaine, Momma decides to move her family to Grand River, Michigan, a white neighborhood where she hopes there is less crime and more opportunity for her children. Yolanda and Andrew's father, a police officer, died when Yolanda was only four-years-old. The only thing he left behind was his Marine Band harmonica, which he passed on to Andrew. Yolanda is extremely uncomfortable in her new school, and often imagines herself back in Chicago, skipping rope, flirting with her crush, Tyrone.
In Grand River, Yolanda doesn't have...
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