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The View from Saturday

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  36,501 Ratings  ·  1,604 Reviews
How has Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Beth
Aug 24, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: K Baker
Shelves: newbery
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorites when as a youngster; I know I read the book two or three times at least. So when Mom hijacked my library account (hi, Mom!) and put this one on hold for me, I was eager to read through another Newbury-award-winning novel by E.L. Konigsberg.

Here's what I found on page one:

"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 te
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Mariel
Jan 08, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teacher's pets
Recommended to Mariel by: sunday isn't as nice. too close to Monday.
E.L. Konigsburg's The View from Saturday weirdly morphs in my memory from time to time. I didn't read it as a kid so it's not nostalgia based. It morphs the way childhood memories do, in some weird way I can't quite explain to myself based on my moods. It's probably all depending on if I'm feeling moody and reclusive, anyway, even at the time. I'll get back to that, maybe. Sometimes I see it on my bookcase and groan, "You were so annoying!" and other times I'll sigh, "That's the cute loggerhead ...more
dirt
Apr 03, 2009 dirt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People giving kids standardized tests
Recommended to dirt by: Title 1
As a testament to how awesome this book is, any time I carry it around the school, a bunch of kids will run up to me and say, "That book was so awesome! The answers are in the back" and then run away.
Jen Fries
Jun 03, 2014 Jen Fries rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-group
We found this one to be tough going for my literate 9-year-old, and even for me at times. Ultimately, we read it aloud together for book group. There were a lot of things to like in this book, but ultimately the complicated time structure got in the way of the story.

Others have observed that the characters were interesting and quirky, lovable partly because they cared for one another. I agree.

One thing made me uncomfortable: the image of a noose became a positive symbol for the team. Tee shirt
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Kirsten
LOVED this! I picked it up because a) I love Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler, and b) because it concerns the members of an Academic Bowl team, and I spent most of middle school and all of highschool taking part in such nerdly pursuits.

Konigsburg deftly weaves together the stories of five characters: the Academic Bowl team members, Noah, Nadia, Julian, and Ethan, and their teacher/coach, Mrs. Olinski. There's no plot summary that can do the book justice, because t
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Leona
Jan 04, 2008 Leona rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
This was a Newberry book but the characters and situations didn't ring true so I don't think it is valuable to kids or they would enjoy it. It was a little boring and predictable.
Melissa
Jan 30, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
OK. I'm rewriting this because the first one didn't save! Incidentally, while reading I didn't notice that it's the same author as one of my absolute favorite books as a kid, The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!

Overall I liked this book. The characters are vivid and mostly believable. The situations the author puts them in left me laughing out loud at numerous points. I also liked many of the book's messages, such as: a gathering of oddballs is a glorious thing, kindness matters, som
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Irmatorres1
Apr 17, 2011 Irmatorres1 rated it did not like it
I think I wasted a good part of life reading this book I don't know why anyone would want to read it. If I were the author I'd be so ashamed of myself for writing such a terrible piece of garbage. I wish I could give it zero stars.
Tristan
This is another of my all-time favorite books, up there with The Sibyl and Atlantis, this one because it is well-written (of course) and because reading it is not unlike giving your soul a bath. I reread it about once a year, and this time I read it aloud to my younger sister, which made the experience even better.
The View from Saturday is the story of four children, their sixth-grade teacher and an academic bowl competition, in about that order. Structurally, it is a bit of a doozy the first ti
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Steph Su
Mar 03, 2014 Steph Su rated it liked it
Shelves: school
First read in sixth grade for school; then, recently, I picked it up again on a whim, because working in literature education with kids of a similar reading level made me think back to the books I read when they were around their age. I remember finding this book interesting, but a little weird. But my impression of this book seemed to ripen with age until I was convinced it was canonical lit for sixth graders everywhere.

Well, the reread was disappointing. Despite it being written in the ninetie
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Kate Schwarz
Jan 30, 2014 Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newbery
Very good book--my mom correctly described it as a "quiet upper." Moms are often but not always right...but mom was right on this one.

Was glad to finish it at the end of a rough day. The book ends with strong messages of "kindness prevails" and "rely on others; they won't disappoint."

Others have read and hailed Koningsbird, but this is my first book of hers that I have read. Her writing and storytelling prowess is jaw-dropping. I wanted to start it again just after finishing it. These sentence
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Laura Petto
Jan 03, 2008 Laura Petto rated it really liked it
Noah: Best Man at Nadia’s grandfather’s and Ethan’s grandmother’s wedding and writes calligraphy.

Ethan: Fervent lover of musicals and one of the oldest families in Epiphany.

Nadia: Rescues baby turtles and is confused about her parent’s divorce.

Julian: The English boy who invites them all to tea.

The Souls are four people looking for friends, and very smart. They all are in the same 6th grade class, with the new teacher Mrs. Olinski. The 6th grade academic bowl is approaching, and their paraplegic
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Anne
May 04, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
A couple weeks ago when E.L. Konigsburg passed away, I promised myself that I would re-read The View from Saturday. But the days have been flying by in a whirl of rehearsals and resumes and everything, so it wasn't until yesterday that I finally sat myself down with a slow cup of tea--just like Mrs. Olinski at Sillington House!--and got down to it.

The book is much as I remembered it--a little slow, but ultimately very rewarding and interesting, with four unbelievably precocious 12-year-olds at i
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Dawn
Nov 09, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
Kudos to Konigsburg for winning the Newbery Medal twice! When I laughed out loud in the first few pages, I knew I would enjoy The View from Saturday. This book is positive and upbeat and the characters are empowered by their friendship. I loved the way Julian changed the cruel words on his book bag to say "I am a passenger on Spaceship Earth!"

I also really liked the themes of kindness and courtesy. Nadia put her hurt feelings aside to help save the turtles. The Souls banded together to support
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Darren
May 09, 2013 Darren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newberries
I was quite enjoying this, but the character of Mr. Singh bothered me, and the behavior of Mrs. Olinski, at the end of the book, made no sense. Mr. Singh comes off a little too strongly as the mysterious, wise Asian, somehow privy to the whole internal truth of the various character's stories, despite being almost a non-entity the whole of the novel. Mrs. Olinski even has thoughts to that effect when talking to him "I had never told anyone ______" How did he know? How, indeed. Considering that t ...more
Kendra
Oct 22, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it
As part of UMHB’s READ 3307, I read "The View from Saturday". A teacher, Mrs. Olinksi, who was returning to school after being paralyzed in a car crash ten years earlier, had always been excellent at choosing students for the Academic Bowl. She always provided sufficient reasoning for her choices. However, this year in particular, she chooses four very different and unexpected students for the team. Their bond seems unbreakable, but how far will Julian, Nadia, Ethan, and Noah advance? Will they ...more
Christopher Hicks
This was a really fun well written book. I read it for my YA book club and I enjoyed it immensely.
An Odd1
Apr 18, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Jokes, courage, traditional tea, are elements I like here. Vaunted journeys not so much; I like lessons that sneak into our memories, not bonk on our beans. More for unusual strengths, less for political correctness, are crippled and foreign heroes. Our trivia knowledge is tested in text and "15 Questions" at end.

Mrs Eva Marie Olinski, paraplegic Gr 6 teacher, forms trivia team "The Souls" who compete for state title in nail-biting finish that circles around to Lewis Carroll's Through the Lookin
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Laura
Mar 06, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adriana
This took me a little while to get used to. It confused me more than anything but then like Mrs. Olinski I finally understood all the strange things they were saying. The end lesson was really great and I wish that more people would have a journey with that end result.
Anna
Jul 28, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars!

This was a heartwarming reread - although it was a bit boring and the narrating style slightly tedious at times, it gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling of calm and friendship.
Brendan
Dec 17, 2008 Brendan rated it it was amazing
This is a really fantastic book. I loved how Konigsberg slowly unveils the story. I didn't read the back of the book so it was a nice surprise that seemingly supporting characters in one chapter (or seemingly throwaway lines of dialogue) take sudden prominence in the next. Also, Kongisberg is terrific at leaving things unsaid, so that readers have to draw their own inferences and discover aspects of the characters on their own. That being said, Konigsberg also delivers several stand up and cheer ...more
Sierra
Jan 09, 2016 Sierra rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I read this one for the #AYEARATHON whose theme this month was benchwarmers which are unread books that have been on your shelf for a long time. For most people that would be books that they've bought within the past few years. For me, I have books that have been on my shelf since elementary school. Therefore, anything that I pick for this challenge are most likely going to be middle grade books and therefore are not going to become my new favorite b ...more
Lauradjones
Feb 11, 2009 Lauradjones rated it really liked it
Great Book. A very creative story. It was very entertaining, with a great message. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. My favorite line, "No normal person would continue to be cheerful and wear short pants." Just funny...
Krista Baetiong Tungol
Four sixth grade students represent their school in the state-wide Academic Bowl competition under the tutelage of their paraplegic class adviser. But before they were a formidable team called “The Souls” meeting every Saturday afternoon for tea, they were first diverse souls who had just come home from a trip; and in between answering quiz bee questions that are somehow related to their travel stories are narratives of these individuals' life lessons and their personal reflection as to how kind ...more
Gabby Mondelli
Mar 04, 2016 Gabby Mondelli rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students, Teachers, Adults, Children, Friends, and Readers
Recommended to Gabby by: My fifth grade teacher
Shelves: wow-books
The first time I read this book I think I was in the fifth grade, Mrs. Armbruster's class. I didn't recall much of the story, but I did remember that my mom absolutely loved it. When I told her that I had found it at work and was planning on rereading it for a project she was much more excited than I had anticipated. But I digress.

The story follows a group of four sixth graders who drink Saturday afternoon tea and have dubbed themselves The Souls. In the first four chapters we follow each chara
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Josiah
Apr 24, 2009 Josiah rated it it was amazing
This one really knocked off my socks!
I love the writing of E.L. Konigsburg, and it was mostly this wonderfully perceptive story that first incited my love of her books.
The author's love of learning and academia for the sake of increasing one's mind are evident in the text, but E.L. Konigsburg takes that affection for intellectualism and masterfully forms it into a magical story, filled with astonishingly special characters and their one-of-a-kind situations. The way that E.L. Konigsburg manag
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Amanda
Aug 14, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I picked up this book because in the time between when I was in school, and now that my kids are reading to this level, I've missed out on a lot of Newberry Medal winners. I've decided to catch up and started with this book. While I'm used to more adult themes, more angst in the characters, and generally longer stories, this one really hit. As with any ya story, I'm always waiting for the adult themes to crop up. For instance, these are sixth graders. The story centers around three boys and a gi ...more
Janelle
Oct 29, 2012 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
I read this book aloud to my older son (currently age 10) and we both LOVE LOVE LOVED it. Of course I have fond memories of Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler which won the Newbery Medal in 1968 - it was a classic by the time I caught up to it. But this book wasn't published until 1997, when I was long past the target demographic. I picked up a free teacher's edition at an ALA exhibit table some years ago and it has sat on the shelf ever since.

The voices in this b
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Wayne S.
Dec 01, 2012 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski, a paraplegic who returns to teaching after several years following a serious accident, chooses four students from her sixth-grade class in the Epiphany, NY, middle school for the Academic Bowl team. Noah Gershom accidentally becomes best man at the wedding of Ethan’s grandmother and Nadia’s grandfather while visiting his grandparents in Florida. Nadia Diamondstein, in addition to being the granddaughter of the new wife of Ethan’s grandfather, has red hair, a dog named Gi ...more
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Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She was the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year (1968), with her second and first books respectively: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Kongisburg won a second Newbery ...more
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