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The View from Saturday

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  44,603 ratings  ·  2,147 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 September 1st 1996)
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Aug 19, 2008 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
A classic, as timeless as Konigsburg's Mixed-Up Files. This is a beautiful story about friendship, family, kindness, and wonder. The joy of simple things, like slowly sipping tea with friends. The wonder of new journeys, of knowledge, of tiny baby turtles crawling out to sea. The miracle of finding friends, of family connections, and the families we create for ourselves as well. ...more
Nov 29, 2007 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
E. L. does it again. This is about a Trivia club at a middle school around a group of 4 6th graders. Our school called this Quiz bowl and I never tried out for it, but I was in the audience each year to watch and learn. I learned so many interesting things. I still remember things like Yoknapatawpha was Faulkner's imagination setting for his novels. It stuck. I have also been on a huge Jeopardy binge since they put it on Netflix's recently and I saw the tournament of champions.

I think this is s
Jen Fries
Jun 03, 2014 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
Apr 02, 2009 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. ...more
At first this book seemed to be a children's version of Slumdog Millionaire: Four kids take part in a quiz and beat everybody else although they are among the youngest competitors. As in Slumdog Millionaire nobody understands how they know all the answers. So little stories are told showing how they had all this knowledge.
But this book soon takes a different turn. It is most of all the story of a wonderful friendship. I wish I had friends like these four kids!
Apr 17, 2011 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. ...more
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
Jan 04, 2008 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. ...more
May 02, 2013 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
Steph Su
Mar 03, 2014 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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It was really good. This book has been sitting in my bedroom bookshelf for a very long time, untouched and unread. It was probably a gift from my grandmother, who used to go to Half-Priced Books, garage sales, and library for-sale sections because she knew how much I loved to read. She doesn't do that very much anymore, but around 50% of my library is because of her. This book was a product from one of those gifts. I never read it when I was younger, as I was a firm believer in judging a book by ...more
Jan 26, 2010 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
Kate Schwarz
Jan 24, 2014 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
Juli Anna
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I still don't see what all the fuss is with Konigsburg. Judging from the back-of-the-book synopsis, this novel should tick all the boxes for me: academic teams (I was one of *those* kids), a scrappy group of outsiders who become friends (ditto), and lots of little synchronous details which might be random but maybe fate? Despite this, I found the characters shallow (with the exception of Julian), Konigsburg's tone cloying, and the denouement extremely disappointing. In addition, I thought Konigs ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book. Not sentimental, overwrought, or oversimplified, like much of middle grade children's literature. E. L. Konigsburg's writing is sharp and the story is told with the care and cleverness it deserves. I appreciated her treatment of the unique group of pre-pubescent characters through deft perspective shifts and each with his or her own story of personal growth. What I liked most is that she doesn't assume her audience is incapable of rising to the complexity of the narrative and ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've got to stop listening to things on audio books. It makes it really hard to follow and this book has an inexplicably bizarre format. You start off in the state contest, which has answers that segway into long short stories so that you get to know the main characters. Then you deal with the teacher, then suddenly you're back in time at the first local contest and find out how the team came together in the first place, but with audio, you can't remember the name of the state contest and it bec ...more
May 04, 2013 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
Apr 24, 2009 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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: a 6th grade schoolteacher
Do YOU want a book that goes deep into a plot? Do YOU want a book that is easy to go along with so you can sink into the story? Well, you will not find it here. What I got out of the book: People get smarter when they learn something. If you ask your mother a question, and she answers it, you are getting smarter. Do you need to go into detail about how they learned an answer to a question when it is just that? Is it really necessary to go into complete frame for frame detail about a person learn ...more
Sepideh Dehghani
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 🌟 for a amazing story; in which children choose their teacher and a beautiful mythical friendship...
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
Nov 09, 2009 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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A group of four sixth grade classmates, with inexplicible ties between them, form a group they call The Souls, for inexplicable reasons. Then they are chosen by a teacher to compete, as a group, in an academic bowl...or did they choose her?

As you can probably tell by my description, and my one star rating, of course, I was not fond of this book. Too much in it was pat, pretty, unrealistic, and completely unexplained. So many times, I found myself saying 'that would never happen,' or 'how would t
Jan 02, 2008 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
Manuel Alfonseca
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
ENGLISH: Third time I've read this book. This is a book about kindness: kindness to people; kindness to animals; kindness to one another; kindness to enemies; kindness to a disabled teacher; kindness to everybody.

This is a book about journeys: a journey to an atypical condominium; a journey to the Sargasso Sea; a journey in the school bus; a journey around the world learning magic and many other things; a journey to the top of the world, made to help another person to handle her psychological pr
Christopher Hicks
This was a really fun well written book. I read it for my YA book club and I enjoyed it immensely.
Her books are well written and teach such great lessons. Young and old can enjoy!
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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