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The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
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Sep 09, 2009

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bookshelves: bullies, children-fiction, disabilities, friendship, newbery-medal, school, caudill-2000
Read in September, 2009

Newbery Medal: 1997

Four Souls... kindred, passionate, rational, and intelligent come together and bond out of want and need. Nadia, Noah, Ethan and Julian are sixth graders at Epiphany School who are chosen (or did they choose?) to represent the school in the Academic Bowl. Mrs. Olinski, their wheel-chair bound teacher is wise and well-suited to her profession, but even she doesn't fully realize her reasons for picking this team. As the team rises up the ladder to the state finals, the melding and interwoven teamwork of the group is brought together as do pieces of a puzzle. A mysterious sort of communication has been cultivated by this group, when throughout the sixth grade school year, they meet at Sillington House B&B for 4-o'clock tea every Saturday to rally their reserve and bolster each other's confidence.

Their lives are so intertwined that they are somewhat of a family and sometimes characters are difficult to keep track of. As the school year plays out, we as readers, slowly become aware of their gleaming of facts, knowledge, and trivia and how they have become almost magical in their blending to compete to win.

This book reminds me of The Westing Game in that it is almost too sophisticated for the younger reader...I am not sure they would pick up on the tiny nuances in the first reading. It is a book that begs to be reread.
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