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ISBN13: 9780689817212
ISBN10: 0689817215
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Awards

Winner of the 1997 Newbery Medal.

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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.

Synopsis:

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Synopsis:

With frostbitten fingers, sleepless nights and sore muscles, 14-year-old Jackson Jones and his posse of cousins discover the lost art of winging it when they take over an orchard of 300 wild apple trees. After Jackson makes an unfair contract with his neighbor, Mrs. Nelson, the kids must learn about pruning, irrigation and pest control if they are to avoid losing $8,000.  

    With spot illustrations for mechanical-loving readersthe gears of a tractor, a plow with disksand with mathematical calculations of the great amount of money to be earned, this novel has the sort of can-do spirt and sense of earned independence not often found in today's fiction.    

Synopsis:

Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her--and one another? Four stories-within-in-a-story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team's triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his own her own voice, and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.

About the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up 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. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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Home School Book Review, December 1, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski, a paraplegic who returns to teaching after several years following a serious accident, chooses four students from her sixth-grade class in the Epiphany, NY, middle school for the Academic Bowl team. Noah Gershom accidentally becomes best man at the wedding of Ethan’s grandmother and Nadia’s grandfather while visiting his grandparents in Florida. Nadia Diamondstein, in addition to being the granddaughter of the new wife of Ethan’s grandfather, has red hair, a dog named Ginger that’s a genius, and a fondness for baby turtles. Ethan Porter, in addition to being the grandson of the new husband of Nadia’s grandmother, is the quiet second son of one of Epiphany’s oldest families who stands up for Julian. And newcomer Julian Singh, who is originally from India and whose father has opened a bed and breakfast in Epiphany, starts it all off by inviting the others to a tea party.

How did Mrs. Olinski choose her team? She had a number of answers, but were any of them true? Yet, there is no doubt that these four students, with their own individual personalities, develop a special bond among themselves, calling themselves “The Souls,” and this attracts their teacher’s attention. Why did they make such a good team? And will they be able to win��"especially against seventh and eighth graders? In 1968 E. L. Konigsburg had won both the Newbery Medal for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and an honor award for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. The View from Saturday won the Medal in 1997. The biggest complaint is that the book is boring, at least the first four rather long chapters where the author provides the setting for the action by describing the different backgrounds of the four students as well as Mrs. Olinski, and that therefore it can be somewhat confusing to read, especially with alternating the final quiz bowl championship match with the accounts about the different journeys which each kid has had to make. Some of the reason for this may be that Konigsburg started out with four separate short stories that she had written and then tied them together with a unified theme.

One teacher noted that his kids told him that the book started very slowly, mainly because they didn't see the looming connections between the characters, but once the connections become evident, thanks to Konigsburg's marvelous narrative, they thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel. He concluded that the story provides very positive statements about success, hard work, and civility, and I agree. There are a few things about it that I didn’t care for. One was a rather gratuitous reference to bra straps and what would be to most kids a somewhat titillating use of the word "puberty." Also, one student refers to another as “an ass,” which is a perfectly acceptable use of the word, but it’s said in such a way as to imply another, more vulgar, usage. And there is a reference to drinking wine. Aside from these, however, I enjoyed reading the book. It is certainly a different approach to story-telling, and I can see why some children would not care for it, but I can also see why others would really like it.
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pm26, July 17, 2007 (view all comments by pm26)
this is a great book
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josher2468, May 13, 2007 (view all comments by josher2468)
This book was good, but I got lost with all of the flashbacks and forshadowing. This is an OK book to read for teens and adults.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689817212
Author:
Konigsburg, E. L.
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Author:
Konigsburg, E. L.
Author:
Hawkins, Aaron
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Contests
Subject:
Physically handicapped -- Fiction.
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Childrens classics
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum; New York City; classic; Newbery Medal Winner; Newbery; award-winning; mixed-up files; must-read; the souls; academic bowl; champions; underdog; sixth grade; contest; victory; teamwork; teammates; team; shor
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum; New York City; classic; Newbery Medal Winner; Newbery; award-winning; mixed-up files; must-read; the souls; academic bowl; champions; underdog; sixth grade; contest; victory; teamwork; teammates; team; shor
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum; New York City; classic; Newbery Medal Winner; Newbery; award-winning; mixed-up files; must-read; the souls; academic bowl; champions; underdog; sixth grade; contest; victory; teamwork; teammates; team; shor
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum; New York City; classic; Newbery Medal Winner; Newbery; award-winning; mixed-up files; must-read; the souls; academic bowl; champions; underdog; sixth grade; contest; victory; teamwork; teammates; team; shor
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum; New York City; classic; Newbery Medal Winner; Newbery; award-winning; mixed-up files; must-read; the souls; academic bowl; champions; underdog; sixth grade; contest; victory; teamwork; teammates; team; shor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Jean Karl Books Paperback
Publication Date:
February 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 176 pages Aladdin Publishing Company - English 9780689817212 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
"Synopsis" by , With frostbitten fingers, sleepless nights and sore muscles, 14-year-old Jackson Jones and his posse of cousins discover the lost art of winging it when they take over an orchard of 300 wild apple trees. After Jackson makes an unfair contract with his neighbor, Mrs. Nelson, the kids must learn about pruning, irrigation and pest control if they are to avoid losing $8,000.  

    With spot illustrations for mechanical-loving readersthe gears of a tractor, a plow with disksand with mathematical calculations of the great amount of money to be earned, this novel has the sort of can-do spirt and sense of earned independence not often found in today's fiction.    

"Synopsis" by , Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her--and one another? Four stories-within-in-a-story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team's triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his own her own voice, and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.
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