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The View from Saturday Paperback – Feb 1 1998
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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E.L. Konigsburg uses descriptive nouns and vivid modifiers to paint a vivid picture of the characters in your head in The View from Saturday. First you get to know the charcter. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
It is a wonderful book about four friends and a paraplegic teacher. All of them a related in some different way. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Mariel
The View from Saturday is the story of four unlikely 6th-graders who are picked by their teacher, Mrs. Olinski,for the Academic Bowl team. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
Strange things go on all the time. But the strangest things of all are those that are linked by the thin thread of life. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by S. Xu
RUN! This book brings torment as I recall the agonizing days of reading it in the 6th grade. Do not read this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003
As a teacher to be, I was impressed with how this book captures your attention from page one and maintains it through out the book. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by Valerie Gill
I have read this book several times. Each time I read it, I grow to like E.L. Konigsburg morea and more as an author. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003
The View From Saturday was my reading class' final book last year, and their second favorite of the eight we completed. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by George
The View from Saturday was a great book. It was a lot of fun to read, hearing the 4 kids different points of veiw. I didn't want to finish it.Published on July 27 2003
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