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The Genius Under the Table
Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

author/illustrator: Eugene Yelchin

Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parentsí dream that he become a national hero when he doesnít even have his own room? Heís 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.

With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia.
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1536222348 /  9781536222340
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Non-Fiction / EBook
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
208 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
Juvenile Nonfiction; Art; Biography & Autobiography; Family;
author’s comments:
Eugene Yelchin is the co-author and illustrator of the 2018 National Book Award Finalist The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, co-written with M. T. Anderson. A Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award Winner, he also received a Newbery Honor for his novel Breaking Stalinís Nose. Born in Leningrad, Russian-American Eugene Yelchin now lives in Topanga, California, with his family.
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