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The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg


Book Summary

Four sixth-grade students, who are each dealing with different family issues, come together as an academic quiz team.

Book Review

This is a serious book, which may be better suited for small group discussion than independent reading recommendations. The symbolism is accessible to middle grade readers, but they may not appreciate the language use without directed study, Sistine is a strong character, and Rob's journey, especially the relationship with his almost-silent father, is interesting to examine. This is not a page-turning humor romp that invites mass appeal, but it does invite re-reading and thoughtful reflection.

The View from Saturday book cover
The View from Saturday
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If I didn't pocket my curiosity, I would be giving away more than a bus seat."  p. 67

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Etiquette
  • The Value of Rituals and Traditions, Especially in Bringing People Together
  • Adjusting to Changes
  • Contributing Talents & Knowledge
  • Bullying and Class Climate
  • Relationships Between Different Generations

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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