Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The View from Saturday

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The View from Saturday

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KONIGSBURG, E.L. (1996). The View From Saturday. New York: Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-08993-X.

In a series of interwoven stories, we encounter some appealing characters, particularly four sixth-graders, but also residents of a Florida retirement community and grudging farmers afraid of losing the flavor of their upstate New York town to development. The story of the book is told variously in first and third person voices, and connected by the third person telling of Mrs. Olinski's story. She is "the first teacher at Epiphany Middle School who ever taught from a wheelchair." Her first year back to teaching since the car crash that paralyzed her, she finds that sixth graders who used to ask "now what?" are now asking "so what?"

Taking up the challenge of forming an academic bowl team, Mrs. Olinski finds the four students that will make the ideal team, including Ethan, who aspires to be in the New York City theater, but keeps that and so much more locked up inside him, and Julian, the new boy who won't give up his "differentness" such as wearing knee socks with shorts and speaking in a polite British accent. …

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