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The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,639 ratings  ·  474 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 hou
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Oct 14, 2008 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.
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
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old souls and visionaries
Shelves: young-at-heart
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
Ebster Davis
Aug 05, 2012 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
Lili's Bookshelf
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
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers & others who never quite fit in
Recommended to rivka by: Lisa (not getting friends updates) 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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, audiobooks, funny
I enjoyed this book. It was a little quirky, with a great female protagonist. I was unsure of Molly Ringwald as the narrator at first, but her sort of monotone narration actually fit the story really well.

I couldn't help but think of Moonrise Kingdom as I listened to this audiobook. For me, there was a very similar tone and feel between this book and that movie. They're not related in any way, but the sort of borderline fantastical, over the top characters and storyline, combined with protagonis
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, audiobook
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 06, 2009 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.
Jul 16, 2014 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!! ...more
Feb 05, 2015 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
Jenny K
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read another book by CL Koingsburg so when I saw this at the library I grabbed it. As in The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the main character is a young teen girl. We see her interact with a variety of problems that crop up during this summer and the friends, family, and even enemies that help her through. Some mature themes and camp pranks make this suitable for a more mature wouldn't want these pranks reproduced in your home by a youngster needi ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Weak ending - very rushed and far too neat and tidy, though unsatisfying. The best parts are probably Margaret Rose back at 19 Schuyler Place up through the beginning of the preservation operation. That part is believable, unlike the ridiculous way things turn out.

Molly Ringwald cannot correctly pronounce the word "superfluous," omitting the first u and making it something like "superfelous"- multiple times.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an engaging book (middle school, but fun for adults). I listened to the audio, narrated by Molly Ringwald, and it was very entertaining. I loved Margaret Rose’s individuality and her ability to stand up to bullies of all ages. The uncles are marvelous characters, and their repartee and combative relationship are priceless. The story wrapped up nicely, if a bit unbelievably.
Donna Bijas
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 stars. What a fun book. Perfect for 10-12 or even 14 year olds. Clever no nonsense Margaret Rose knows her own mind, whether it’s hating camp activities or trying to save the artistic towers in her backyard. Fun, full of messages, Margaret walks to her own drummer.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
I fell in love with the characters in this book, the uncles especially. Konigsburg created a witty story that puts art, individuality, and community in the golden light they deserve. My only wish is that I could go back in time I read this book when I was twelve years young.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, activism
I thought I would like this book. It started off promising, but it got rather dull. The main character's mother is a psychology professor, and so has Psychology 101 syndrome, thinking she knows what's wrong with everyone. There're themes of petty revenge and preteen-girl-has-a-crush-on-a-twenty-something-boy. But I think what killed it for me was the back-and-forth conversations that were clearly intended to be character building. It seemed like those scenes would have been good on screen, but t ...more
Richie Partington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
09 October 2003 THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE by E.L. Konigsburg, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, February 2004, ISBN 0-689-86636-4

"When you get older, édes Margitkám, you'll realize that all you have is time. You have time and your side of history. And that's all you have."

I'm flying across the country to Long Island this weekend for my thirtieth high school reunion. I'm taking my digital camera and a few extra days there to document how the places from my early history appear nowadays. Undoub
Althea Ann
"I picked this up because I'd read several of Konigsburg's books when I was very young, and really liked them, esp. "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth" and "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler."
What struck me though, is that although this book is marketed as a kids' book, probably because that's what the author is known for, it really isn't. Although the protagonist is 12, the story is told from the point of view of an adult looking back at being 12,
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
E.L. Konigsburg is the writer I want to be when I grow up. She paints her characters so beautifully, and so realistically. There is always a realisticcenter that the books center around, whether it's 3 towers built by Margaret Rose Kane's two uncles, an academic bowl (The View from Saturday), or my very favorite From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, where two children run away, and end up living in a museum.

Like her other books, this one deals with a 12 year old beginning to unders
Kristin Walz
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written lies about Asperger's Syndrome

I am a huge fan of E L Konigsburg's books, however, writing that someone with Asperger's SYNDROME - not DISORDER is similar to a person with Down's syndrome or that a person with Asperger's wouldn't be relaxing against a car hood, they would be banging their head on it, is COMPLETELY false and irresponsible, not to mention highly insulting. I have Asperger's syndrome. I also have a Doctorate and a Mensa membership. I have never banged my head on a car hood,
Ruth E. R.
I finally finished this book! That may give you a clue about my level of interest in this book. Hint: it was a drag. Barely good enough to finish, and if it had not been such a short, easy read I might not have. Konigsburg's stories do not quite seem to take place in reality and have very little substance to them. This book was a good example of this. It is also another example of how she attempts alchemy of ugly things into beauty but she never quite pulls it off. There is always something miss ...more
Kailie Diller
Dec 10, 2014 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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I looooved this book. All of the quirky characters were perfect because they weren't overdone, and I could picture all of the settings so well. The only reason I'm taking off a star is because the ending is pretty rushed. I've read Silent To The Bone, so I feel like I understand it quite a bit better than I would otherwise, but it's still too fast and I feel like I don't get as much closure as I wanted to with some of the characters. Otherwise, I really love the structure of the story and the wa ...more
Jul 09, 2009 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/ ...more
Robin (Saturndoo)
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
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. ...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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