The View from Saturday

  • by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Jan Maxwell
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Not just for kids. Konigsburg is ageless.

Would you listen to The View from Saturday again? Why?

I will listen to this book again; it's delightful on many levels. It's a mood enhancer.

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This is a charming tale - 5 stories within a story from the viewpoints of one paraplegic teacher and 4 sixth graders whose lives entwine, first because of family connections, then friendship connections and then the teacher selects them to be teammates in a knowledge bowl. Their individual and collective knowledge makes them formidable contestants and they defeat 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams to reach the state finals. The questions they are asked segue into each tale. Each voice is distinct; each story different. The narration is brilliant. The characters are people I wish I knew personally so I could go to tea with them.

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- Fay

Engaging story from beginning to end

I read a lot of kids and young adult books because I want to be familiar with what my kids are reading. This time I picked the book. I chose it based on the good reviews and the fact that Jenna Lamia was one of the narrators.

The story grabbed me from the beginning. I loved how the 6th graders each told some of the same events from his or her own perspective. I spend a lot of time with middle schoolers, as a parent and a volunteer, and these characters were true both in their actions and their motives.

I loved the character of the teacher. I loved how she was all about decorum, yet she sometimes struggled with her own emotions and impulses. How many teachers have I had, or have my kids have, that were firm but good? Those were always the most memorable.

The incompetent administrator was wonderful comic relief. With apologies to all the competent administrators here in audible land, I am sure that we all know someone in such a position who constantly says and does things that make us wonder how on earth he ever got appointed.

The theme of "smart kids get ahead," while common, is also one that is dear to my heart. But the true prize was the prize of lasting friendship. I love books that portray boys and girls at this age developing good, deep friendships.

The narrators also were wonderful; I love what Jenna Lamia puts into every performance. Jan Maxwell was perfect as the voice of the teacher.

This was a book I enjoyed from beginning to end, one I couldn't wait to get back to after I had to put it down.

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- A. J. Mcdonald "Bookworm"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio