The View from Saturday (Compact Disc)

By E. L. Konigsburg, Jenna Lamia (Read by), Jan Maxwell (Read by)
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HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team?

It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?

It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued.

Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen.

This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.

About the Author

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. Her first two books, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," were Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books respectively. She won her second Newbery Medal for "The View from Saturday," Her many acclaimed books include "Silent" "to the Bone," to which "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" is a companion novel. These titles are available on audio from Listening Library.

Jenna Lamia is the acclaimed narrator of Mary E. Pearson's "The Adoration of Jenna Fox", which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams's "The Chosen One", for which Jenna received the 2010 solo narration (female) Audie Award.

Lamia made her Broadway debut in 1988 in "Ah, Wilderness", and she's also appeared off-Broadway in "The Glory Of Living", directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her other acting credits include appearances on "Oz, Law & Order: SVU, The Jury, " and "NYPD Blue". She's also appeared in the films "The Fighter, The Box, " and "Something's Wrong in Kansas".She attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Jan Maxwell has appeared on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Dinner Party, The Sound of Music, A Doll's House, Dancing At Lughnasa, and City of Angels. On television she has been seen in numerous Law & Order episodes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743597135
ISBN-10: 0743597133
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: December 8th, 2009
Pages: 4
Language: English