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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689817215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817212
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 193 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This 1996 Newbery Medal winner charts the ties that bind four members of an extraordinarily successful 6th-grade quiz bowl team. In a starred review, PW called it "glowing with humor and dusted with magic." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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As you may know, the Newbery Award is the highest honor a children's book can garner in the United States. Newbery winners are a touch and go lot, and a lot of kids avoid them like the plague. I've always been particularly interested in those award winning books that appeal to kids just as much as they appeal to the adults that shower them with praise, moolah, and awards. For instance, many adults felt that the book "A Single Shard" was well written, while a host of kids looked on it as dulldy dull dull. Both children and adults have agreed that "Holes" and "The Tale of Despereaux" are great books that are fun to read. Then you come to "The View From Saturday". Honestly, I thought this was a fabulous book. It was the rare children's novella that took the great risk of offering wisdom to its readers. It dares to make you think about life, the world, and how one interacts with other people. I can tell you a million reasons to love it, but I honestly haven't a clue if kids would enjoy it. Therein lies the mystery.

"The View From Saturday" follows the lives of four sixth grade quiz bowl champs and their paraplegic coach/teacher. Alternating their final quiz bowl championship match with short stories about the different journeys each kid has had to make, the book is adept at distinguishing between each individual in the group. We begin by listening to a story told by Noah. Noah reminded me of nothing so much as the spaz boy in the spelling bee documentary "Spellbound". A bit of a nerd, but pleased with his own inventive thoughts and ideas, Noah becomes the best man at a geriatric wedding. Then we hear Nadia's story about staying with her divorced father and newly remarried grandfather (hence the Noah connection) in Florida. This flows nicely into Ethan's story.
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By A Customer on March 13 2004
Format: Paperback
First off, the book is about four SIXTH graders. I note this because some of the reviews on Amazon erroneously say the characters are in seventh grade. Anyway, these four sixth graders go onto defeat the seventh, then eighth graders in their schools, and eventually take the regional trivia bowl championship.
The four children "can spell and define puberty but have not yet gone through it." Given this, I can accept the tea parties and some of the other pastimes they engage in in "The View." Also, they are NOT presented as perfect without any character flaws or problems. The "Souls' as they call themselves are exceptionally intelligent and compassionate, but they - at least for Ethan and Nadia - do not make the "right" decisions instantly. Nadia, for example, wavers between helping some stranded baby turtles, or holding on to her grudge against her grandfather and father.
This book also has some wonderful imagery. For example, ELK compares painting Nadia without her freckles to brushing the cinnamon off cinnamon toast.
In summary, I would highly recommend this book.
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Well, it seems that the Academic Bowl members aren't quite so clever after all. During the final competition, Julian mentions "tip" as an acronym meaning "to insure promptness." The judges refuse to accept it at first because they can't find a reference for it. Julian, of course, disagrees, etc. etc. And the judges initially penalize him, but eventually find a "reference" and reward points back to the Epiphany team.
Funnily enough, the judges' first reactions should have held, because in the real world, there IS no legitimate reference for this erroneous bit of misinformation. The idea that TIP = "to insure promptness" is nothing more than a well-circulated bit of urban legend. And lest you be skeptical, look at the fact that the word "insure" is incorrectly used, and the word "ensure" (with an E) ought to have been used instead. But the people who came up with this "acronym" either didn't care or figured that most people woudln't notice (guess it worked if that was the case).
What I don't understand is how this huge error could have slipped past the author, her agent, her publishers, and all of her readers! Is it any wonder that people think America is dumb when we can't even distinguish between "insure" and "ensure," not to mention our gullibility for believing junk like this? Hey--after all, if we read it, it must be true, right? America's intelligence and critical skills seem to be going right down the toilet. Shame on The View from Saturday for falling into this trap.
Guess Epiphany really lost the Academic Bowl then. Figures.
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By A Customer on Jan. 29 2003
Format: Paperback
The chapter's in this Newbery Medal-winning book are like short stories. The main characters are Noah, Nadia, Ethan, Julian, and Mrs. Olinski.
Noah narrates the book first. He talks about when he goes to Century Village, a small town in Florida for senior citizens, and about him helping the citizens (which include his Grandpa Nate and Grandma Sadie) prepare for the wedding of Izzy Diamondstein (Nadia's grandpa) and Margaret Draper (Ethan's grandma). When Noah is helping Tillie Nachman address wedding invitations, her cat walks through the ink and walks right onto the invitations. Will Noah and Tillie think of something? Right before the wedding, the best man sprains his ankle. Will they find a substitute in time?
Nadia narrates the book next. She describes her time in Florida with her recently divorced father, who lives quite near her grandpa, who just got married to Ethan's grandma. Margaret and Izzy both go on turtle walks together to harvest baby turtles. One morning, Nadia and her father get a call from her grandpa. He says the baby turtles might drown if they don't hurry. The highway is bumper to bumper on the way there. Will they get to the beach to rescue the baby turtles? How will they?
This is just part of the story. I want you to read the rest of the book to find out what happens. Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoy "The View From Saturday", by E. L. Konigsburg.
The reason I gave it four stars was that it was a bit unrealistic. One of the examples was that the kids don't use contractions very often, and this book was made only 5, 6, maybe 7 years ago. In 2003, you almost never hear a single "I am" or "do not".
Besides that, I hope you'll enjoy "The View From Saturday" as much as I did. I think it's the author's best!
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