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The View From Saturday

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  39,363 Ratings  ·  1,880 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
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 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
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
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Schwarz
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Steph Su
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Petto
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Her books are well written and teach such great lessons. Young and old can enjoy!
Sepideh Dehghani
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 🌟 for a amazing story; in which children choose their teacher and a beautiful mythical friendship...
Christopher Hicks
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun well written book. I read it for my YA book club and I enjoyed it immensely.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 13, 2015 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
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this novel 5 stars because it is one of the best books I have ever read. In the beginning, it was a little bit boring but it became better and better. My teacher, Mr. Frantz, made us skip the numbered chapters because it would confuse us. So we read the Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian chapters first. After, reading those four chapters I began liking the book more and more and then I finished loving the book. This book is really interesting in many ways, like Mrs. Olinsky's ways of choosing ...more
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 four diverse individuals coming home from a trip; and in between answering quiz bee questions that are somehow related to their travel stories are narratives of their life lessons and personal reflections as to how circumstances and kind ...more
Juli Anna
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
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
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-medal
Kids who see themselves on the fringe find friends in each other, overcome bullies, and receive the admiration of others. Throw in a touch of fantasy and mystery, and this story will be a hit with a slice of middle school readers.

There are quite a few characters mentioned with coincidental connections, more than I like. Includes a few pages about the behavior and plight of sea turtles.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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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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