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Carol Fenner

Carol Fenner

Carol Elizabeth Fenner (September 30, 1929 – February 16, 2002) was an American children's writer.

Carol Fenner
Born(1929-09-30)September 30, 1929
North Hornell, New York
DiedFebruary 16, 2002(2002-02-16) (aged 72)
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
GenreChildren's and young adult fiction
Notable worksYolonda's Genius

Fenner's book Gorilla-Gorilla won a Christopher Award and The Skates of Uncle Richard won honors from the Coretta Scott King Award.[1] In addition, she was twice a runner-up for the Newbery Award: once each for Gorilla-Gorilla and Yolonda's Genius. Just prior to her death, Yolonda's Genius was optioned by a major studio for possible production of a movie for television.


  • Tigers in the Cellar (1963)
  • Christmas Tree on the Mountain (1966)
  • Lagalag, the Wanderer (1968)
  • Gorilla-Gorilla (1973) - "Fenner has turned a reading of Schaller's Year of the Gorilla and her own zoo observations into a sound and vividly empathic account, and Shimin's soft gray drawings reiforce the mood of her prose."[2]
  • The Skates of Uncle Richard (1978) - "The book fairly oozes earnestness but Marsha's wobbly-ankle misery and ensuing satisfaction are not to be denied."[3]
  • A Summer Of Horses (1989) - "Horse fans will read almost any horse book once, but there are a few stories that equine enthusiasts will return to again and again. This thoughtful novel is just such a book..."[4]
  • Randall's Wall (1991)
  • Yolonda's Genius (1995) - "Fenner's (Randall's Wall) pace is sometimes too leisurely, but her heartwarming story merits acclaim for its fresh premise and forceful characterizations."[5]
  • King of Dragons (1998)
  • Snowed-in With Grandmother Silk (2004, posthumously)


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2011-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Gorilla Gorilla". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. "The Skates of Uncle Richard". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. "A Summer of Horses". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. "Yolonda's Genius". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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