The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #87
Title: The View From Saturday
Author: E.L. Konigsburg
Genre: Children's Fiction
The Recipe: Mrs. Olinsky can't explain how she chose her 6th grade academic bowl team and no one expected them to make it to state finals. Can this unique group of quirky individuals possibly beat the 8th grade team?
The Frosting and Sprinkles: The characters in this novel are what make it so compelling and lovable. They are unique, normal adolescent kids, but also not normal as they seem to be wise beyond their years.
Konigsburg weaves an interesting web of stories that all interestingly intertwine. The novel has positive themes such as kindness, selflessness, and building friendships with people who are different from you.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: The ending left me wanting, so I cannot give this book 5 stars. I read the book in one sitting, excited to reach the end and it kind of fell flat. Konigsburg weaved the stories so intricately that it made me expected a bigger ending, but didn't deliver.
4 Out of 5 Cupcakes!