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The View from Saturday (original 1996; edition 1996)

by E. L. Konigsburg

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Title:The View from Saturday
Authors:E. L. Konigsburg
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (1998), Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:academic bowl, alice in wonderland, bullying, coming of age, disability, dog, middle school, new york, turtle, wedding

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The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (1996)

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Overall, I thought The View from Saturday was a great book! It was awarded the Newberry Award, which is one of the things that initially drew me to the book. I loved the overall message of the story. The story was all about journeys and how those journeys help people grow. In this story in particular, it follows four 6th graders and their teacher, who is a paraplegic due to a car accident. This story centers mainly around the teacher Mrs. Olinski and what she learns from her students. She is the advisor of the academic bowl team, and must pick four team members. The story is about how she picks them and then the impact they all had on her in helping her through the journey of her post-accident and discovering the confidence, success, and happiness she had been missing. Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed was how the story was told from different points of view. The story was told from each student and Mrs. Olinski’s point of view which I think definitely helped understand the character development and each character’s own personal journey. Finally, I loved that Mrs. Olinski had a disability because in most stories the teacher is never the one with a disability, so it was really different to see that and how that impacted the story and Mrs. Olinski’s relationship with her students and herself.
I would recommend this book for fifth and sixth graders. I think it’s a great chapter book, but a little confusing at times. I definitely had to re-read parts of it to make sure I understood it, so I think it would be better for older students. ( )
  kbork1 | Apr 7, 2015 |
"A Jean Karl book."
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
(4.8)
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
Really good book. ( )
  Ber239 | Sep 28, 2014 |
The book is about four unlikely friends that all come together because they have all been on a journey. When Julian invites three others: Noah, Nadia, and Ethan, to tea, the initial bond is formed. In the same class, their teacher Mrs. Olinski who is a 10 years paraplegic, is chosen to be helped by the children. The kids name themselves, " the souls". GOing through a rigorous academic competition, The Souls win. It is not till they win in which Mrs. Olinski realizes that she did not choose them for the academic competition, but they chose her, to help her speed her wings and stand tall. ( )
  Nicole129672 | Sep 9, 2014 |
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This is for David for beating the odds
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Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski always gave good answers.
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Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
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A powerhouse sixth-grade Academic Bowl team from Epiphany Middle School; the art of calligraphy; the retirees of Century Village, Florida; a genius dog named Ginger; and a holiday production of "Annie" all figure heavily in the latest book by E. L. Konigsburg, who has produced a Newbery Medal-winning children's tale to rival her classic From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which won the Newbery Medal almost 30 years ago. The new book centers around a group of four brilliant, shy 12-year-olds and the tea party they have each Saturday morning. Konigsburg's wacky erudition and her knack for offbeat characters make this a funny and endearing story of friendship.

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Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

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