Synopses & Reviews
The four sixth graders on their paraplegic teacher's enormously successful Academic Bowl squad are more than just teammates brought together by chance. They call themselves "The Souls". Their individual life stories unfold in four jewel-like short stories that are woven together into a novel that is "glowing with humor and dusted with magic...a stunning quartet of harmoniously blended voices". -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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.