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

Yevgeny just wants to study art, but first he has to prove to his parents that he’d make a terrible ballet dancer!
Ages 10+
Pages 208
Publisher Candlewick
Coming Mar 2023
Sydney Taylor Silver Medal Winner

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40 Reviews

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If you love reading about history, you will enjoy this book!

Review by Lily

The Genius Under The Table is an interesting memoir about Russia during the Cold War written by Eugene Yelchin. It describes what life was like in Russia and how Russians barely had any freedom. Yevgeny is a boy living in Russia during the Cold War. There are spies everywhere and his mother is hiding a secret from him. His brother is a figure skater, and has the freedom to travel to other countries… his life is so much more exciting compared to Yevgeny’s. Yevgeny wants to show that he has talent too. After all, there must be something he can learn. Ballet? Poetry? Figure skating? He tries all of these, but none of them are a success. He needs to find something to be a master at, or else he will just live in his brother’s shadow. If you want to know what happens next, then you’ll have to read the book!

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Always remember to be yourself

Review by bfreun

It's a good book with twist and turns

Apr 01, 2024 06:59 PM
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The Genius Under the Table

Review by Jmathew2011

This book brought so many emotions to our family. It helped us realize the importance of pursuing our dreams. That each and every one of us are unique with our own talents. It helps us understand the oppression Jewish people face and what people in a communist country endure. I highly recommend this book.

Feb 10, 2024 01:54 PM
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wasn't my type

Review by Suzyk

wasn't my type

Feb 01, 2024 05:40 PM
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Great Book!

Review by FrancesMurf

The language and tone of this book is amazing; it's an engrossing story that whisks you through every page wanting to read more! I highly recommend everything else that Eugene Yelchin has written, especially 'Breaking Stalin's Nose". Ten out of ten!

Jan 03, 2024 06:20 PM
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Amazing book

Review by EmYK

All the characters are great and their struggles feel so real and the undertones of the book are really interesting

Jan 02, 2024 09:55 PM