The View from Saturday
Grades 6 & up
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerFrom the Mixed-up Files of
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Four sixth-grade students, who are each dealing with different family issues, come together as an academic quiz team. Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian tell this story from their unique points of view.
This book has four very distinct characters, who each come to the story and the team with different background strengths and experiences. While this is crucial to the plot, the characters are so unique and their backgrounds are so detailed that they are difficult for some readers to connect with. Readers who stay with the story will appreciate the ways each story is connected through supporting characters, and the message about valuing each person's different experiences is powerfully positive. It's great to see the teacher/team leader character as a person in a wheelchair without that being her most important quality. This book's complexity is a strength, but may also be a drawback for readers unwilling to navigate each viewpoint and the relatively slow pacing.
"If I didn't pocket my curiosity, I would be giving away more than a bus seat."
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