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The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
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A spunky, sweet story about the importance of art, history and family. Margaret Rose is a girl who “prefers” not to participate in many activities at her summer camp. As a result of her rebellion, her charming, but slightly eccentric Uncle Alex and his truffle-hunting dog rescue her from the camp director and spiteful bunkmates. She and her uncle are driven home by the camp’s custodian, Jake, who also happens to be the camp directors son. Home is 19 Schuyler Place and Uncle Martin resides there along with a splendid garden filled with roses, peppers and three metal towers. The towers are decorated with bits of glass. Unfortunately, the towers are now going to be destroyed, because of the reindustrialization of the worn down neighborhood. The neighbors claim they are an eyesore and are bringing down property values. Margaret enlists the help of Jake, and two of her mother’s childhood friends to help execute the three phases that will save the towers: Phase One: Stop the demolition. Phase Two: Stall. Phase Three: Save the Towers. The ending chapter was my favorite and I would definitely recommend this to all ages as there wasn’t any inappropriate content.

Favorite Quote:
Time is not money, Mrs. Kaplan. Time wasted is often time well spent. Money wasted is merely redistributed.
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