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Konigsburg, E. L.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1996
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
ISBN 068980993X
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They were the underdogs, the unexpected surprise in the academic bowl this year. Never before had a team of sixth graders done so well. First they beat all the other 6th graders and they moved on to the 7th grade. In no way had a 6th grade team done so well that they might even beat the seventh graders... They were the Souls, students from Mrs. Olinski's 6th grade homeroom class, Ethan, Noah, Nadia, and Julian, each different but somehow connected. But why did they do so well? How is it that they knew so much about so many different subjects? How were they chosen for the team when there were so many other sixth graders in their homeroom? Why had their teacher Mrs. Olinski chosen them? This question is one asked many times in the book and "Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski always gave a good answer. Whenever she was asked how she had selected her team for the Academic Bowl, she chose one of several good answers. Most often she said that the four members of her team had skills that balanced one another. That was reasonable. Sometimes she said that she knew her team would practice. That was accurate...The fact was that Mrs. Olinski did not know how she had chosen her team, and he further fact was that she didn't know that she didn't know until she did know (Konigsburg 1)." The question then remains, did Mrs. Olinski ever really know why the team had formed, and how they had formed? Was she the one who picked students for the team or did the students from the team pick her?...
The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. (Mary Beth,, college student)
SUBJECTS:     Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Contests -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.

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