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The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain



written and illustrated by
Eugene Yelchin

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536215526

Awards and Honors
2022 The Sydney Taylor Book Award - Middle Grade Honor Book
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With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia.

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.Black-and-white graphite illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 6"

Dewey

B

AR

4.9: points 3

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Eugene Yelchin. Childhood and youth. Art and drawing. Family. History of the Soviet Union, 1953–1985. The Cold War. Coming of age. Growing up. 

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