03. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg., 163 pages, read by Kira, on 05/31/2013

What a delightful book!  I’m so glad our challenge this month was award winners for Teens & Children’s.  I’ve read a bunch of well written charming titles.

I’d read one review of “The View from Saturday” where the reviewer said she read this book every year, and I’d read “From the Mixed Up Files…” by Konigsburg previously, and liked it, but didn’t find it stellar.  Well this book was a surprise.  Four children in the sixth grade each struggle with different changes in their lives (divorce, new country, etc).  They come together to form the Team named the Souls to compete in Academic trivia competitions across the state of New York.  Initially, it appears to be the story of these 4 children, but gradually you realize it is also the story of their teacher, Mrs. Olinksy who has returned to teaching again after a car accident that left her a paraplegic in a wheel-chair.  I’d like to reread this title and read it with my husband.  If you like Louis Sachar, you should give this title a try!

 

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