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The genius under the table : growing up behind the Iron Curtain / Eugene Yelchin.

Yelchin, Eugene, (author,, illustrator.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Crookston Public Library J 921 YEL (Text) 33500013491279 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 921 YEL (Text) 33500013491287 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536215526
  • ISBN: 153621552X
  • Physical Description: 201 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents' dream that he become a national hero when he doesn't even have his own room? He's not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family."-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 and up. Candlewick Press.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 June #1
    *Starred Review* This warm and wonderfully illustrated autobiography comes from the author of Newbery Honor Book Breaking Stalin's Nose (2011). Yelchin describes his 1960s Leningrad childhood in the former Soviet Union, where his entire family crowds into a one-room apartment right next to the resident KGB informer. Mom is hopelessly in love with Misha Baryshnikov. Dad weeps over his favorite Russian poets. Big brother Victor is a champion figure skater. And little Yevgeny? His talents seem . . . elusive. Yevgeny is frustrated not only because of his cloudy future but also because of the questions he isn't allowed to ask, let alone get answered: How heavy is the Iron Curtain? What does it mean when people 'defecate' and seek asylum? Why is Grandpa cut out of all our family photos? Yevgeny finds solace in drawing on his secret canvas—the underside of Grandma's table. Luckily, when his pictures are discovered, he is declared a genius and starts art lessons. The self-effacing narrative seamlessly blends in Cold War history, Soviet politics, and loving family interchanges, and Yelchin's sly illustrations appear on almost every page. There's not a lot of material about this time period, and this humorous, informative, and engaging memoir will keep readers entertained. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

<b>Eugene Yelchin<i> </i></b>is the co-author and illustrator of the 2018 National Book Award Finalist <i>The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge</i>, co-written with M. T. Anderson. A Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award Winner, he also received a Newbery Honor for his novel <i>Breaking Stalin&#8217;s Nose</i>. Born in Leningrad, Russian-American Eugene Yelchin now lives in Topanga, California, with his family.

Subject: Yelchin, Eugene > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Yelchin, Eugene > Family > Juvenile literature.
Soviet Union > History > 1953-1985 > Juvenile literature.
Soviet Union > History > 1953-1985 > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cloth or Hardcover.
Children's Books/All Ages.
Art - Drawing.
Biography & Autobiography - Art.
Family - General (see also headings under Social Topics)
Yelchin, Eugene.
Soviet Union > History > 1953-1985.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Art.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Topics).
Soviet Union.
Yelchin, Eugene.
Russia > History > 1953-1991.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Juvenile works.

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