Title: The View from Saturday
Author: E.L. Konigsburg
I had never read this one, nor anything by the author. I was really impressed. Realistic fiction is not generally my favorite genre, and especially not realistic fiction that features sixth-graders. A state championship, a disabled teacher, and four kids who need life lessons could easily add up to drippy sentiment. But these kids are well-characterized and each has their own voice. The first vignette is particularly fantastic – a bizarre wedding with fabulous characters. The metaphors The Souls come up with are both age-accurate and ageless. I look forward to her other books, one of which is on the list.