The View from Saturday

by E. L. Konigsburg
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The View from Saturday

There are many minor conflicts in The View From Saturday. However, all the conflicts displayed among the characters are just a representation of the main conflict. E. L. Konigsburg builds the major...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 11:47 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia Diamondstein and Noah Gershom are not related, although their lives are connected in a couple of interesting ways. Nadia's paternal grandfather, Izzy Diamondstein, chose to marry Margaret...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2009, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

E.L. Konigsburg's The View from Saturday tells the story of a group of students participating in an academic competition. Typically members of academic quiz teams are chosen by proving their...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday is a novel by E.L. Konigsburg that explores the conflicts, tribulations, and relationships of a sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Olinski, and the four children—Noah, Nadia, Ethan,...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019, 1:59 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

This is an interesting question, as The View From Saturday has a unique plot structure. The story is organized by a series of smaller stories told throughout the novel. The story centers on...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Up until the storm starts brewing in The View from Saturday, Nadia feels upset, angry, alone, and neglected in Florida. Despite her extensive knowledge on turtles, her father only asks Margaret all...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

"Ginger's relatives" are her child's, the puppy's, owner, Julian and his father. Nadia Diamondstein gives Julian one of the puppies, after he helps train Ginger. The idea of Ginger, who...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2008, 12:54 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

When the Souls beat the eight-grade team to achieve the unprecedented feat of becoming the first sixth-grade team to represent a school, they went on to face Knightsbridge for the district...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009, 12:10 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia says that "turtles had brought Grandpa and Margaret together". The year after his wif, Bubbe Frieda died, Nadia's Grandpa Izzy sold the house that they had lived in together and moved to...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009, 6:50 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

"The View From Saturday" refers to the importance of the meetings The Souls had at Julian's house. Before the first party, they were all being shaped by the force of peer pressure at...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2008, 3:35 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

One important character in the novel is the teacher Mrs. Olinski. She has recently returned to the middle-school classroom after a devastating accident that left her legs paralyzed but killed her...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018, 3:57 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Mrs. Olinski might be expected to choose students for the Academic Bowl competition on the basis of book smarts or intellect. However, she does not do this. Although "The Souls" she eventually...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski is a sixth grade teacher, but she has not taught for the past ten years. This is her first year back in the classroom, and it is her job to select four of her students to be...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2014, 4:03 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

I believe that the climax of the book The View from Saturday occurs when the Souls defeat Maxwell in the Academic Bowl, bringing the state championship to Epiphany. This event occurs in Chapter...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009, 7:07 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The academic bowl which serves as the heart of the plot of this story takes place at Epiphany Middle School in Epiphany, NY, where paraplegic teacher Mrs. Olinski chooses four students from her 6th...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010, 8:58 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

This is an excellent question because the author uses an unusual style, presenting events in a manner that is completely non-chronological. These events take place before the Souls' sixth grade...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2009, 8:16 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

A play on words is a literary technique where words are used in an unusual way, putting emphasis on the words themselves in an unconventional manner. A pun, which is when an alternate meaning of a...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

In chapter 3, some of Julian Singh's fellow students decide to torment him because he seems strange and different. On the bus, they deliberately put their legs into the aisle to trip him up as he...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia is upset when her father wants to be licensed to head up a turtle patrol because she thinks that now, she will get even less of the attention she craves from her dad. Nadia feels the need to...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010, 7:16 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

This story is told from more than one point of view. Sometimes, E. L. Konigsburg's novel has the point of view of an omniscient narrator. This narrator is not an actual character in the story....

Latest answer posted August 21, 2021, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

At the beginning of the novel, Noah is complaining and dissatisfied. His parents are making him write a thank you note to his grandparents, and he doesn't want to. Upon reflecting on his...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2009, 1:51 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia's talking about her recent plane journey. The worst part of the trip was that her dog, Ginger, had to travel as baggage. This meant that she had to be tranquilized and put in a dog carrier....

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Mrs. Eva Marie Olinski is the primary adult character in The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, and she is the uniting force in this young adult novel. She is a sixth-grade teacher who has been...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2014, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

This is something that Mrs. Olinski, the paraplegic teacher who teaches and selects the Souls, the four children who form her academic bowl team, is never really able to understand herself....

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

A cup, usually silver, with two handles, of the type that is given as a championship prize, is traditionally called a "loving cup". The term takes on a double meaning, however, when the Souls win...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2009, 9:51 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Each of the main characters faces major and minor problems. For Mrs. Olinski, the major problem which she must face involves rediscovering her confidence as she returns to teaching after being...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2009, 8:34 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

When Nadia visits her Dad, he tends to "hover" over her, and she doesn't like him to do that. Nadia says, "For the first day and a half after I arrived, Dad hovered over me like the Goodyear blimp...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

In my book, which is the 1996 Simon and Schuster hardcover version, Julian talks about the ivory monkey on page 97. Since page numbers vary from edition to edition of books, yours may not have the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009, 7:41 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Mr. Homer Fairbain is the deputy superintendant in charge of instruction in the school district, but for a man with such a lofty position, he is not very learned. Mr. Fairbain had been the master...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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For me, at least, the turning point in the novel comes in Chapter Five when we are finally told how it is that Mrs. Olinski selected the fourth member of her team. Having already chosen Ethan, Noah...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The sixth graders are “David” and the eighth graders are “Goliath” because the sixth graders are the underdogs, since they are two years younger. David versus Goliath is a common way of describing...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Body language plays a huge part in the section in Chapter 6 which ends with the Souls thrusting their arms and legs out as Ham returns to his seat. As Hamilton Knapp makes his way to the front of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2009, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia learns the importance of both giving and receiving help ("a lift") - from the turtles. She also discovers a striking parallel between their life cycles and her own, which enables her to...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009, 6:35 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

In the novel, "The Souls" refers to Nadia, Julian, Noah, and Ethan. "The Souls" is presumably a good name for the students because it highlights the transformative journey each of them has taken....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Dr Rohmer in this novel is a very important character because it is he who is the district superintendent for Clarion County and it is also he who is the Commissioner of Education of New York...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013, 6:47 am (UTC)

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People think Noah is smart and dependable, and they admire him for his creativity. Mrs. Olinski chooses Noah first for her academic team after reading one of his essays (Chapter 5), the people at...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2007, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Chapter 17 of 1Samuel in the Old Testament of the Bible tells the story of David and Goliath. Israel is at war with the Philistines, and Goliath, a giant of a man and the Philistines' most...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2009, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Julian solves the problem of the book bag graffiti by manipulating the letters scrawled there into saying something positive instead of something negative. Julian Singh arrives at school on his...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010, 11:50 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Mrs. Olinski is complimenting Julian when she says, "Julian makes each mile a journey of quarter inches". Mrs. Olinski is referring to Julian's ability to appreciate and make the most of every...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2009, 5:01 am (UTC)

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By far Nadia's most favorite saying is "Ginger is a genius". Ginger is Nadia's dog, and, until she meets "The Souls", her only true friend. Nadia repeats the saying...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2008, 1:52 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Individuals meet while pursuing their own interests in life and find that they are drawn to each other while through each other they learn about kindness. Mrs. Olinski is the representative...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2010, 8:13 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Under Grandpa Izzy's encouragement, Nadia writes a school science report on Florida turtles. Grandpa Izzy lives in Florida and Nadia often comes by to visit as her father lives in a condo nearby....

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018, 6:06 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

This is not a straightforward answer and timeline, because the book, "A View from Saturday" skips around all over the place via multiple flashbacks to the students that are a part of the "The...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2015, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The television coverage of the Souls' accomplishment as the first sixth grade team to compete in the Academic Bowl is a farce. The Souls are completely overlooked in the face of Dr. Rohmer's...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2009, 9:27 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Noah is intelligent,  knowledgeable, not socially adept, and argumentative. He's detail-oriented and enjoys a good argument with someone who is his equal. Noah learns kindness and generosity...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2007, 5:39 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

In a literal sense, the Souls win the Academic Decathlon State Championship, an accomplishment which is especially notable because the team is made up of sixth graders instead of the usual eighth...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2008, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The Souls enable Mrs. Olinski to overcome her handicap and rediscover her identity and her confidence as a teacher. They make a conscious effort to "give her a lift" when she needs one, and...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2009, 5:11 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The description of a sea voyage is an apt metaphor to describe the experiences of the four children and of Mrs. Olinski, and it is one with which Mr. Singh is completely familiar. Mrs. Olinski,...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009, 7:14 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

Nadia and her mother move to Epiphany because Nadia's mother and father have just gone through a divorce. Epiphany, which is in upstate New York, is where Nadia's mother grew up, and she wants to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2009, 12:18 am (UTC)

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The View from Saturday

The Souls refusal to practice at school on Saturday reveals that their tea ritual is very important to them - it is something that they are not willing to miss under any circumstances. Mrs. Olinski...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2009, 11:03 am (UTC)

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