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In this can't-miss follow-up to E. L. Konigsburg's Silent to the Bone, the Newbery Medalwinning author focuses her attention on the history of Margaret Rose Kane, Connor's half sister, taking readers back to 1983 and Margaret's surefooted effort to keep her uncles' towers from being destroyed.
In the same gentle but powerful tone that resonates through all of her work, Konigsburg begins her novel with Uncle Alex retrieving Margaret from Camp Talequa, where she's had a less-than-pleasurable experience with the cliquish girls in the Meadowlark cabin. After Margaret and Uncle Alex are driven home by the camp director's son -- whom she soon befriends as a fellow fan of the towers -- they and Uncle Morris become embroiled in a fight to rescue the towers from nasty neighbors worried about property values. Thankfully, old neighborhood friends now in powerful and useful positions are willing to help, and when the Meadowlark girls get called up for activist duty, the towers are rescued by being given a practical use that reflects the change in the times.
Delving into the psychology of a neighborhood, old ways versus modernization, and culture's beneficial effect on society, Konigsburg's Outcasts hits an even stronger note than Silent to the Bone. The author weaves together plot strands that leave your sense of justice satisfied at the end, while her main character, Margaret, is a determined girl who makes you root for her all the way. Thoughtful and riveting. Shana Taylor