The author is E. L. Koingsburg Four 6th graders are participating in a Academic bowl organized by a teacher in a wheel chair: Mrs. Olinski Takes place in Epiphany, New York The book is divided into chapters. Each chapter centers around a different character who tells his or her story. Four students; Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian tell of a journey they experienced in the past. Within the chapters there are small sections when the outside narrator tells the story of the Academic Bowl. Students need to be aware of who is talking and when they are talking. Each of the characters’ stories is in chronological order, but the inserts from the Academic Bowl happen well after each of the characters’ journeys. The four kids face challenges through out the book Is a Newbery award winner Is written in different characters points of views and narrator's point of view occasionally The team challenge is to beat the 8th grade team The team worked together well The team had a wide range of knowledge
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Literature Circle Presentation Anna Walker Audreynette Bailey Ditranna Walker
In this novel, four sixth-grade children from Epiphany, New York - Noah Gershom, Nadia Diamondstein, Ethan Potter, and Julian Singh - form a group they call "The Souls." The Academic Bowl is coming up, and their teacher, Mrs. Olinski who is paraplegic, chooses them to represent her class in the competition. They first beat the seventh- and eight-grade teams in their school and eventually become state champions. The Plot
<ul><li>Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski is a sixth-grade teacher at Epiphany Middle School and the coach for the Academic Bowl team that wins the New York State finals. She is returning to teach after an extended period of time. She was in a car accident, which paralyzed her from the waist down and killed her husband. Mrs. Olinski is unsure of herself; she is handicapped not only in body but also in spirit. Mrs. Olinski chooses her academic bowl team based upon students who don’t mind being wrong and don’t mind taking risks. </li></ul>
Noah Gershom is a 12-year old boy who goes to Epiphany Middle School. Noah has brown hair and glasses. Mrs. Olinski chose Noah first for the Academic team as he is smart, observant, always has a good answer for everything, is good with words, and is a good leader, not afraid to take charge. His dad is a dentist, and Nadia's mom works for him. His mom is a real estate agent. Noah Gershom learns that he isn't always the hero and that it is a team effort that wins the Academic Bowl .
<ul><li>Her parent’s have divorced, and Nadia has moved from Florida to Epiphany, New York with her mother. Her dad stayed in Florida, and her Jewish Grandpa Izzy has married Ethan Potter’s grandmother. Nadia spends the summer in Florida with her dad, her Grandpa Izzy, his new wife, Margaret, and Margaret’s grandson, Ethan Potter. The group spends the summer going on turtle walks. They help preserve sea turtle nests and hatchlings. Nadia has been emotionally detached from everyone but her dog, Ginger. However, she reconnects with the outside world through her friendship with the members of “The Souls” Academic Bowl Team. </li></ul>
Ethan is a lifelong resident of Epiphany, New York. Ethan is the third member of Mrs. Olinski's Academic Bowl team. His grandmother is Margaret Draper, who becomes Margaret Diamondstein when she marries Izzy Diamondstein. Ethan is a quiet boy who feels shadowed by his older brother, Lucas. Lucas is smart and successful in every way, and Ethan feels that he is a disappointment to every teacher he has ever had because he does not measure up to Lucas. Ethan is pleased that his sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Olinski, is new because she will not have known his brother.
<ul><li>Julian Singh has moved to Epiphany, New York with his father, a chief. His mother, a singer, died when he was a baby. Julian grew up with his father on a cruise ship. He also attended a British boarding school. Julian is bullied and rejected by the kids at school because he speaks with a British accent, dresses like a British school boy, and is different in every way from the other kids in town. His father has bought the Sillington Farm House in Epiphany to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Julian uses clues in order to invite a group of kids that later becomes “The Souls” to a tea party at his house . </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mrs. Olinski’s 6 th grade team, The Souls, won the New York State Academic Bowl. However, Mrs. Olinski and the member’s of The Souls learned much more. </li></ul><ul><li>“ How can you know what is missing if you’ve never met it? You must know of something’s existence before you notice its absence. So it was with The Souls. They found on their journeys what you found at Sillington House.”—Mr. Singh </li></ul><ul><li>In the last sentences of the book, Mrs. Olinski asks The Souls, “Did I choose you or did you choose me?” </li></ul><ul><li>And The Souls answered, “Yes!” </li></ul>