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The View from Saturday

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  29,391 ratings  ·  1,340 reviews
Mrs. Olinski, paralyzed in a car crash ten years ago, returns to teaching and chooses four unlikely sixth-grade Academic Bowl team, who become unlikelier champions, in more than the state competition. Julian, the strangest one on the school bus, invites Noah, red-haired Nadia, and silent Ethan, to tea.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Beth
Aug 24, 2008 Beth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Mariel
Jan 08, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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...more
Melissa
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...more
Leona
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.
Katie Dubik Schwarz
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...more
Anne
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...more
Kendra
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
Jen Fries
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...more
Steph Su
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...more
Laura
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...more
Dawn
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...more
Darren
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
Brendan
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
Lauradjones
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...
Irmatorres1
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.
Amanda
Aug 14, 2012 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Wayne S.
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
Theo kids
Interesting, believable characters who face challenges and family dynamics that are relevant for today's children. Perhaps to illustrate that "current" society, there are also a couple instances of vulgarity, which I despise.

(I know, I know, they hear it everyday at school, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable to put into a children's book! Shouldn't there be a few safe havens left? I see billboards everyday that annoy me too, and I certainly don't want to take pictures of them to put on my wa...more
Jessica
This book, to put it simply, is about 4 kids who are all misfits in one way or another, who form a fantastic friendship and through this friendship get chosen as their class' academic bowl team. Because of their diverse interests, experiences and strengths, these kids become the best academic bowl team in the area and they eventually dominate the entire tournament. However, this is not really what the book is about. The book is about fining ourselves, finding good friends, learning to care for o...more
Christy
Meet the Souls
- "Noah," who quite by accident was best man at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather

- "Nadia," a hybrid with a halo of red hair, a dog that's a genius, and a fondness for baby turtles

- "Ethan," the silent second son of one of Epiphany's oldest families, who discovers he likes halos

- "Julian," the strangest person on the school b

...more
Meet the Souls - "Noah," who quite by accident was best man at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather...more
Ryan Rainey
The book "The View from Saturday" by E.L.Konigsburg was a very good book. This book was about a group of gifted children named Noah, Julian, Ethan, and Nadia that are all connected in a way that they didnt really know about. They were brought together by by a teacher named Ms.Olinski who had them make up a team for their highschool quiz bowl. The story basically tells us about the day to day problems that these children go through and how they are all connected. There is also conflict that goes...more
Cindy
I don't remember how long ago I first read this book. No doubt I discovered it as I worked my way through the Newbery Challenge, and selected it because it won that award back in 1997. I fell in love with it then, and I love it even more now. Reading a book that feeds my soul as well as my imagination is rare, and quite satisfying. Today, on my last day of 'freedom' before I return to work as an elementary school librarian, I reached for it again, and in a couple of hours, was reminded as to why...more
Destinee Sutton
May 20, 2007 Destinee Sutton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who like to read
Shelves: middle-grade, newbery


As is probably true of many everyday life books, The View from Saturday is all about the characters. I didn't really care that much about whether or not the four sixth graders won the knowledge bowl in the end; I just enjoyed reading about life from their perspectives.

Four chapters of the book are told first-person by each of the kids, and those were by far the best parts of the book. They're all really articulate, really thoughtful sixth graders who find each other and form a bond between them...more
Madeline
This is a nicely written book from E.L. Konigsburg, as always. I was very excited to read this since I have read The Second Mrs. Gioconda and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler before.
It has an interesting plotline, because it not only is told mainly in flashbacks, but also changes perspectives. An appealing point about it is its humor. This book is not laughing-so-hard-you're-crying-and-everyone's-wondering-what-just-happened-to-you hilarious, but tongue in cheek and induces...more
James
Award Winning Author E.L. Konigsburg has stunned the literary world again with this subtly breathtaking novel; The View From Saturday. Following her novel that put her on the world map, (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) E.L. explains how there are rough diamonds in our everyday lives, how there’s always a chance of even the most unlikely happening. Through a very simple idea of an academic bowl, E.L. explains her points through the shocked, confused, chagrined, and even eer...more
Cheya
What a wonderful book. I had planned to read the 2006 Newberry Award book, Criss Cross, but the librarian shared her opinion that The View from Saturday was much better. I thank her for directing me to this book.
The story features four 6th graders and their teacher. We focus in on each of the children one by one and experience their journeys of emotional and social growth. The journeys are not catastrophic; just parts of their lifes that help them grow. The ribbon that runs throughout is an acad...more
S
Review originally posted to my blog, Writing by Numbers, here: http://ararebit.wordpress.com/2012/12...

This book for young folks tells a simple story that’s charmingly full of quirks. Each protagonist is introduced to us in just one chapter, and fades into the background during other portions, but Konigsburg packs so much detail into each backstory that the children feel like distinct, complete people. It’s also a tale of underdog triumph, which never hurts, and because it’s about Quiz Bowl, I l...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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“How can you know what is missing if you’ve never met it? You must know of something’s existence before you can notice its absence. ” 52 likes
“I waited for her to catch up, and when I did, she slowed down, and I missed seeing the light in her hair. I never told Nadia how much I liked seeing the halo the sunlight made of her hair. Sometimes silence is a habit that hurts.” 24 likes
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