The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday

by E. L. Konigsburg
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The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

HOW HAD 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 surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?
It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued.
Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen.
This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories — one for each of the team members — that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689817212
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 34,133
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the Bone, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.

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The View from Saturday 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read ALL YEAR!!! This book has many layers. It is in the Elementary section and the main protagonists are 6th Graders, however, this is a complex book. I would recommend it for it's insight into each character and the spiritual character of the book. The book isn't religious but does have a special "feel" to it. However, if you are interested in action and adventure this is not the book for you! This book "jumps" from one character to another and back and forth in time. Some people will find this confusing and frustrating. All of the characters are connected in multiple ways but it is up to the reader to figure out these ways and at times re-reading sections helps the reader to understand the connections. I suspect that English teachers are going to add this book to the "classics list." I found this book very "deep and meaningful" and feel that both adults and children will want to read and re-read this book. I reminds me of Lois Lowry's writing.
Ashlee Raymond More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for my 6th grade summer reading and i loved it! It is my favorite book. Wish that there was a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books is very good!! You have to take some time to understand it but once you do it is amazing book. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to understand at first but i read it a couple of times and started to understand. Speaking i am only 11. I would reccomend it to certain people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like really good book. Cant wait to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to follow and all over the place but before you read it ask your teacher if he or she suggests it for you.
designbyJudyJean More than 1 year ago
This was a good read because it had purpose in the way the story touched each one of the characters lives. Students will learn a lesson by understanding that other people having feelings and different viewpoints of a situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The View From Saturday is a very exciting book. The book changes points of view and times very often, but it is altogether a good read. I'd recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of El Konigsburg's best piece of work. It shares the lives of all four students and their relationships with one Another. I really think anyone o f any age will love this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Souls have finally made it to the New York Academic Bowl finals. They have beaten many excellent teams from several districts and regions. The team, consisting of Noah Gershom, Nadia Diamondstein, Ethan Potter, and Julian Singh, has worked consistently and been rewarded. Now they must answer many difficult questions with complex answers. Will they succeed? The way to know is to read The View from Saturday, which I recommend. This book was unique because it interspersed flashbacks with the present. In order to come up with the answer to the question, ¿What is the meaning of the word calligraphy and from what language does it derive?,¿ Noah thought back to when he learned how to use a calligraphy pen. A similar solution occurred when Nadia answered a question about the Sargasso Sea by thinking back to saving baby turtles with her grandparents. Julian once thought back about when he saved Michael Froelich¿s dog, Arnold, from being tranquilized during a school play. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was that the characters were very different. Julian was an East Indian and very shy. Nadia was a Jewish and Christian hybrid, and loved her dog, Ginger. Ethan, although he wasn¿t very shy, hardly talked until he became one of The Souls. My favorite thing of all about this book was that I learned the answers to some challenging questions. I learned that Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. I also discovered the answer to the question: ¿What is SONAR an acronym for?¿ SONAR means SOund NAvigation Ranging, which uses sound waves to locate submerged objects. I even learned the order by which light enters each part of the human eye (cornea, aqueous humor, pupil of iris, vitreous humor, and finally, the retina). This book was intriguing. It taught me many things and made me understand them at a deeper level. This book is for readers who enjoy learning new things, and reading in past and present tense. T. Baker
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book about four great sixth-grade students and a great teacher. If the cover prevents its sale, then people shouldn't judge a book by its cover and only buy it and read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
E.L. Konigsburg was born on Feb. 10, 1930 in New York. She is the only author to win the Newbery award and be runner-up in the same year. She was the first in her family to get a college education. While she was studying for her Master¿s Degree in chemistry she blew up the laboratory sink twice. After that she decided to give up on chemistry. She became a science teacher and later began to write. She is married and has three children. The View From Saturday tells the story of a paraplegic teacher who studies her class and picks four students to compete on the Academic Bowl team. The team nicknames themselves ¿the souls¿. The story revolves around several different plots. The team goes on to win the state championship. Along the way you get caught up in their amazing stories that come together in the end. This book was slightly difficult to keep up with at times. I would not recommend it for any reader who struggles. I would say that the reading level should be raised to the seventh grade at least. The changing of plots makes the reading level more difficult. I probably would not recommend the book simply because the plots were difficult to follow. Konigsburg, E.L. The View From Saturday. New York, N.Y. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998, c1996. Reading Level 5.9
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an OK book that is realistic fiction. This book is about a sixth grade teacher named Mrs. Olinski. Mrs. Olinski chooses four students from her class to compete in the Academic Bowl. The students nickname themselves 'the souls' and they win the state championship. When there are questions asked about the students on the team, startling secrets are revealed. The reading level for this book is for grades 9-12. Konigsburg, F.L. The View from Saturday. New York: Atheneum/Simon, 1996.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg is a spectacular book because of the unique qualities hidden inside. The author uses first point of view through out the book. The View from Saturday deserved the Newberry Medal. Because of Winn-Dixie and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants use the same theme as The View from Saturday: friendship. I would recommend this book because of the unlikely plot, the astonishing characters with a gorgeous setting under the bright sun, and the many uplifting connections I found within this engaging book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. The characters are awesome! Sure, the story isn't like 'wow', but pretty good. As a kid, I was excactly like Julian! Plus, there's nothing better than a bunch of genius kids enjoying a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The View From Saturday was a book after my own experiences. I too was on my school's challenge bowl team (as one of the captains). It was ironic when I read this book because I could relate to it. My challenge bowl team placed 2nd in the district (the highest they have right now), and the four characters made 1st. I would change the fact that they won every challenge bowl meet. It's somewhat unreal to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful book about four students and their journey through a hard school year and Academic Bowl. And each Saturday, each of the the four members of the Academic Bowl make decisions on how to help their teacher who leads them to the finish line of the Bowl. As I said it's a great book, but it mighht be confusing and seem like a bad book to LOW-LEVEL READERS. I would only recommend this bookif you are seventh grade or higher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time in 7th grade and it is still amazing 3 years later. The book was amazing and I love how the title fits into the story. Everyone should read this book. If you don't you are missing out
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about four children who were in the sixth grade and had chosen there teacher a paraplegic who had also chosen them to be in the academic bowl. they beat 7 and 8th grade and also won district. it was a really good novel and i would recremend it to anyone who loves to read and who doesnt like to read because i didnt want to read it before but when i picked it up i couldnt put it down and before i knew it i was through with it and had started on another one. Katie Maxwell
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has four sixth graders, and one student/ coach who rises up among all the other teachers, to go in the acedemic bowl state finals. This book is great for readers above the age on 11! I had to read this book over our spring break, (which I thought was horrible) and I actually enjoyed it! I reccommend it to anyone who enjoys reading cool, surprising books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me new ideas and because of this book next year i'm trying out for knowledge bowl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, though not my favorite, was an enjoyable read. It was interesting how the kids' lives were interconnected. There was a very modern twist to it. A lot of middle school students would relate with some of the issues. As a college student and future teacher I think it would actually be difficult for kids younger than sixth grade to thoroughly understand. It is quite comical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a PISD book where every 6th grader was required to read it and take a whole unit test on it and make a scrapbook for it. This book was very interesting and had a good cause, accepting differences in others. But after the end, I was kind of sick of this book. If you are into metaphors and good purposes, you would love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed reading this book- it is much different from any other young adult novel I've read. It weaves between the characters in terms of narration, giving us a glimpse of each of their thoughts and lives. The book was filled with warm characters and interesting situations. I agree that it will probably be confusing for most kids, but if they take up the task to read it, they will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, but can be confusing for little kids. It's confusing because they jump from Noah's life to Nadia's then to Ethan's an then to Julian's so if you can't handle switching lives, don't read it, but if you want a challange, read 'The View from Saturday.'