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The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,046 Ratings  ·  403 Reviews
I Prefer Not To....

That's Margaret Rose Kane's response to every activity she's asked to participate in at the summer camp to which she's been exiled while her parents are in Peru. So Margaret Rose is delighted when her beloved uncles rescue her from Camp Talequa, with its uptight camp director and cruel cabinmates, and bring her to stay with them at their wonderful hous
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Michael A coming of age story about a girl, as she deals with girls her own age at summer camp, and adults and government officials who wish to redevelop the…moreA coming of age story about a girl, as she deals with girls her own age at summer camp, and adults and government officials who wish to redevelop the neighborhood where her great-uncles live.(less)
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Jodi I probably would have predicted it anyway, but spoilers dude. Spoilers.

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Oct 14, 2008 Clarice rated it it was ok
this book would probably be good for someone else... i got it a few years ago and never got to finish it. i am giving it 2 stars because it makes a good pillow.
Nov 24, 2007 Banzai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old souls and visionaries
Shelves: childrens-books
The author of the beloved "Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" has written another treasure. This one is the coziest little protest to gentrification you ever did read. Set in an older neighborhood in anytown, USA, two crumudgeonly Hungarian brothers, their incorrigible grandaughter, an Italian truffle-hunting dog and a hot summer camp janitor all work to save three glorious towers constructed by the Rose brothers in their own backyard from the evil, bland, homeowners association.

My fa
Robert Beveridge
E. L. Konigsburg, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (Atheneum, 2004)

What do you do when you're faced with the destruction of a local landmark? What do you do if that local landmark was built by your relatives? It's an interesting question, though on the surface one has to figure it's going to be pretty narrow-market subject matter. Pretty familiar territory to me, though, as my in-laws' parents and grandparents were intimately involved with the now-dismantled Euclid Beach Park (watch for the for
May 07, 2008 rivka rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers & others who never quite fit in
Recommended to rivka by: Lisa Vegan
E.L. Konigsberg's books are always excellent, but this was even better than most. Clearly based in part on the real-life story of the Watts Towers, Konigsberg used them as a starting point and an inspiration, but the towers in Outcasts are in most ways distinct from their real-life counterparts (and the resolution of their fate is as well).

Jumping back and forth between the narrator's present (spending the summer with her eccentric uncles) and recent past (the few tortuous weeks she spent in sum
Dec 31, 2014 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, ya
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Ebster Davis
Aug 29, 2012 Ebster Davis rated it liked it
I'm reading this story now, on page 105.

My favorite part so far is her strong sense of "self"; her identity, family and heritage, determines how she thinks of herself and how she sees the world instead of how others perceive her. Very meaningful and it gives her the potential to be a very powerful character, although I doubt the author will go in that direction.

My least favorite part is how the author is basically conveying principles and quirks of sociology and psychology in lieu of of forward
Aug 03, 2013 Goodworth1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Such a beautiful story about being yourself, the value of family, and standing up for what you believe. I spent a pleasant afternoon at the pool with this book and enjoyed myself immensely. It flowed nicely between past and present and gently probed growing up issues such as bullying, first crushes, and independence. But for me the largest theme was that of family. A fiercely loyal, loving, and quirky group of family that loves you can help you through anything.
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This book was just all right to me. I really liked the beginning and ending, but the middle dragged a LOT. I sort of had a love-hate relationship with Margaret Rose. In some parts she came off as very charming and authentic, but at other times she sort of just seemed pretentious and insufferable. And was I the only one who thought some of the adults in the book had a strange relationship with her, particularly Jake? It was left ambiguous as to how old he was, but he was clearly an adult (I guess ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-2014
This is the first book I've read by e.l. konigsburg. What a great story of family love and loyalty. The characters are people I would love to meet and stage a revolution with!!
Feb 05, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: everything-else
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place was an interesting book at the time I read it. At a glance Margaret Rose Kane is like any other protagonist in a story, only to grow as the story continues. From a very basic summary Margaret is sent to a summer camp while her parents supposedly neglect her in favor of a trip to Peru. Her attitude towards the camp is one that emits negativity, refusing to do anything the counselors say just to spite everyone around her. To her credit this attitude eventually suc ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-ya
In some ways, the actual plot of this novel is forgettable; I read two books sort of back to back (this one and Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road) and would say that Bauer's has the more compelling plot, in a way.
And Bauer's is written in an entertaining way that's sophisticated and insightful enough that adults should enjoy if (if YA lit is their cup of tea to begin with).

But nobody quite writes like e.l. konigsburg. (Does she always keep her name lower-case? That's how it's listed on the cover of
Kailie Diller
Dec 10, 2014 Kailie Diller rated it really liked it
The Outcasts of 19 Svhuyler Place is about a girl named Margaret. Every summer she goes to her Uncles house, but this year she didn't. She went to camp instead. She was really excited at first but she realized that they were mean to her. Whenever they would do an activity she would say "I perfer not to." Uncle Alex finds out and comes to her rescue. He asks Jake, one of the workers at the camp, to take them home. When they got to 19 Schuyler Place Uncle Alex asked Jake if he wanted to stay for d ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Adessa18 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
By E. L. Konigsburg

This book was written by one of my favorite authors so right away I knew it would be good. E. L. Konigsburg has written two Newbery Award winning books and countless others. This story revolves around 12 year old Margaret Rose, her short stay at summer camp, her eccentric uncles, the towers and growing up.

1CI prefer not to 1D is Margaret 19s motto and 1CGod Save the Queen 1D is her theme song during her short stay at Camp Talequa. Her sense
Emily W
"I saw him start to count the pendants on a single rung, but he stopped, stepped back, and looked. Just looked. Like a kiss or a walk in the woods, the towers were meant to be experiences, not inventoried."

One Christmas, at least six years ago, E.L. Konigsburg came into my life in the form of this book. It was my gateway drug, and from there I moved on to read and treasure her other works, especially Silent to the Bone and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World which contain many of the same
Jul 09, 2009 Spencer rated it liked it
We listened to this on CD while traveling from Idaho to Iowa. It proved to be an interesting book. I really liked the uncles, the house, the history, and the towers. After such a long build up to the climax, it seemed that the problem of the book was resolved a bit too quickly. I might have enjoyed know how things were worked out by a few of the other characters, though this would have been awkward, since it was written from the girl's point of view/
Aug 12, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
There are children's books and there is children's literature. I have come to the conclusion that Konigsburg writes the latter. These books beg to be studied as well as enjoyed. In The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, we meet Margaret Rose Kane and her old-world Hungarian-American uncles. She wants to stay with them over the summer as she has done in the past, but this year she's going to a fancy summer camp. It's far from great. A clique of mean girls does their best to destroy her, but she rises ...more
Lauren (the lame lady)
Feb 18, 2014 Lauren (the lame lady) rated it it was amazing
This is a very quotable book.

"The only thing more destructive than someone who thinks his idea is the only possible correct one is a group of people who all think they and only they have the right answer."

The main character felt wise beyond her years, but not in a fictional or cheesy way. I liked all of the characters, even the antagonists, because they were so lifelike and they actually had depth.

I mean, what's not to like about this book? The wise uncles were awesome:

Time is not money, Mrs.
Erin Cataldi
Jul 15, 2016 Erin Cataldi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
I adored this book. Even though it's really a middle grade read and told through the perspective of a twelve year old girl, I ate it up. While her parents are in Peru, Margaret Rose Kane finds herself stuck in a summer camp, hating everything. Determined to not be swayed the "Queen" camp director, Margaret decides not to do anything. Whenever she's asked to participate she replies, "I prefer not to." Fed up, the director calls her uncles who are temporary guardians for her while her parents are ...more
♥Robin ♥
This was a really cute quick read. I loved Margaret Rose and her unlces and found them quite funny at times. The book started off good but then got kind of draggy and boring in the middle. I wasn't expecting the ending and was a little disappointed with how rushed it seemed. The flashbacks were alright but a little confusing at times. Overall, I enjoyed this one and may look into other books by this author.
Kristin Grieshop
Apr 16, 2015 Kristin Grieshop rated it liked it
I rated The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place a 3 out of 5. I gave it this rating because it was an enjoyable book, but I've read better. This book was pretty easy to read, except for a couple of words that are used in a different language, to capture the reader's attention. This book is about a twelve year old girl named Margaret. Her parents made Margaret go to a camp while they went on vacation. At the camp, she "preferred not to" do anything, so her Uncle picked her up, and she stayed with them. ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Joey rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. Margaret Rose is a unique, fresh voice, while only twelve, is surprisingly fun to listen to. I am a Konigsburg fan and this book does not disappoint, at least until the very end. I was just a little frustrated by how she wrapped things up. Jake and Loretta ending up together made no sense at all given his free spirited personality.
May 16, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing
“They are saying that if life has a structure, a staff, a sensible scaffold, we hang our nonsense on it. And they are saying that broken parts add color and music to the staff of life.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

This book is oozing with awesomeness! Totally loved it. Such a beautiful coming-of-age story about being yourself, and standing up for what you believe. It delves on growing up issues such as bullying, first loves, independence, and the value of family.

A ver
Abigail Hamilton
Jul 18, 2011 Abigail Hamilton rated it it was ok
I remember vaguely reading it, but it was over 5 years ago. At the time, I liked it (there is a good feeling associated with it), but it was no comparison to Konigsburg other book, The mixed up files

Somewhere back in my memory, I remember enjoying the part where she decides to live in a tree. I've always wanted to do that.
Jun 13, 2008 Tamara rated it really liked it
This is a fun book that any girl can relate to. The main character goes to summer camp and must endure the typical "mean girls". Just reading about them made me want to go to Camp Talequa, find them, and slap them! The story extends past that experience and paints a pretty picture of love and family.
Oct 09, 2008 Jessie rated it really liked it
A big fan of E.L. Konigsburg since third grade when I first read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. This is an empowering tale for any middl-schooler in your life!
Jul 12, 2016 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great novel and a fun, quick read. It brought me back to a time when reading was enjoyable, life circumstances were portrayed with simple reality - bullying but nothing too drastic. Konigsburg has such a wonderful way of doing just that; From the Mixed Up Files and View From Saturday are also handled along the same lines, though there is no way children would accomplish the task of hiding out in a museum now a days.
The Outcasts is perfect for middle grade readers and up who like a go
Summer Turner
Oct 05, 2014 Summer Turner rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!

I have read it in the past. But since I am studying this author, I chose to listen to this book on audible.

I love the protagonists in this book. They are so enjoyable, funny, and intelligent. On the other hand, the antagonists were thoroughly enjoyable to despise. I was laughing out loud throughout the reading. The audible version was read by Molly Ringwald who did a great job, especially with the great uncle's accents. I enjoyed that the author didn't end the story th
Ruth Ann
Dec 29, 2014 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth, family, friendship
Thank you - Goodreads Friends - for reminding me of so many wonderful books that I have yet to add to my Goodreads account! I wonder how many I don't yet know about??
Feb 07, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
The art-mystery elements and also the quick climax and resolution reminded me a LOT of a recent favourite book of mine, Chasing Vermeer, which is inspired by Konigsburg's style (says the author). So comparison is inevitable.

I liked the characters of Chasing Vermeer better. I find them warmer. The characters in this Konigsburg book are awfully cold and distant and self-possessed. I also wanted more closure about all the relationships, e.g. Mrs. Kaplan (camp director). Anyway, the camp stuff was i
Margaret Rose Kane quits summer camp, fed up with the repression of the place and her cabinmates' mind games. She stays instead with her two elderly, eccentric uncles. She learns that, due to urban development, the city intends to take down the impressive towers of pipes and crystal pendants that her uncles have created in their yard over the past 45 years. Margaret rallies the help of her uncles' former child neighbors who are now an art gallery owner and phone company executive. With their hel ...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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“Every now and then, a person must do something simply because he wants to, because it seems to him worth doing. And that does not make it worthless or a waste of time.” 36 likes
“They are saying that if life has a structure, a staff, a sensible scaffold, we hang our nonsense on it. And they are saying that broken parts add color and music to the staff of life.” 9 likes
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