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The View From Saturday

Konigsburg, E. L. (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The View From Saturday


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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. Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski always gave good answers. Whenever she was asked how she had selected her team for the Academic Bowl, she chose one of several good answers. Most often she said that the four members of her team had skills that balanced one another. That was reasonable. Sometimes she said that she knew her team would practice. That was accurate. To the district superintendent of schools, she gave a bad answer, but she did that only once, only to him, and if that answer was not good, her reason for giving it was. The fact was that Mrs. Olinski did not know how she had chosen her team, and the further fact was that she didn't know that she didn't know until she did know. Of course, that is true of most things you do not know up to and including the very last second before you do. And for Mrs. Olinski that was not until Bowl Day was over and so was the work of her four sixth graders. They called themselves The Souls. They told Mrs. Olinski that they were The Souls long before they were a team, but she told them that they were a team as soon as they became The Souls. Then after a while, teacher and team agreed that they were arguing chicken-or-egg. Whichever way it began -- chicken-or-egg, team-or-The Souls -- it definitely ended with an egg. Definitely, an egg.
Authors: Konigsburg, E. L.
Title: The view from Saturday
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 163 p. ;,23 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: E.L. Konigsburg
Notes: "A Jean Karl book."
Summary: 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. Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski always gave good answers. Whenever she was asked how she had selected her team for the Academic Bowl, she chose one of several good answers. Most often she said that the four members of her team had skills that balanced one another. That was reasonable. Sometimes she said that she knew her team would practice. That was accurate. To the district superintendent of schools, she gave a bad answer, but she did that only once, only to him, and if that answer was not good, her reason for giving it was. The fact was that Mrs. Olinski did not know how she had chosen her team, and the further fact was that she didn't know that she didn't know until she did know. Of course, that is true of most things you do not know up to and including the very last second before you do. And for Mrs. Olinski that was not until Bowl Day was over and so was the work of her four sixth graders. They called themselves The Souls. They told Mrs. Olinski that they were The Souls long before they were a team, but she told them that they were a team as soon as they became The Souls. Then after a while, teacher and team agreed that they were arguing chicken-or-egg. Whichever way it began -- chicken-or-egg, team-or-The Souls -- it definitely ended with an egg. Definitely, an egg.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Newbery Medal, 1997", "
American Library Association Notable Children's Book 1997"]
ISBN: 068980993X
9780689809934
Branch Call Number: j KONIGSBUR
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  • LibraryCard_123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked how all the characters met. I also feel like i was reading a puzzle, the stories came and fitted all together.

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  • RainbowGoldfish rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book

this book is incredibly boring

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  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

to me, this book is extremely boring.......I'm not gonna recommend it.......

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  • THE_BREEZE rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

totally awful i would never reccomend it do not read its really boring

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  • LSheng rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can definitely see why this book was a Newberry Medal winner. Skillfully written, the jumps in the plot line worked magnificently in this case. Very funny, but also had its serious points. Definitely recommend this book.

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