The View from Saturday



E.L. Konigsburg (the E.L. stands for Elaine Lobl) was born in New York City 1930.  A chemist by training, she started writing after her youngest child started school.  The View from Saturday won the 1997 Newbery Medal (the top award for children's books in the US).  It was the second time she'd won it -- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal twenty-nine years earlier, in 1968.  Her other books for children include:




Possible discussion points about The View from Saturday:




posh = Port Out, Starboard Home

tip = To Insure Promptness

laser = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

scuba = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

ASAP = As Soon As Possible

RSVP = Repondez Si'il Vous Plait (French for "respond please")

PS = PostScript (something you write after the end of a letter)



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Literature Learning Ladders: The View from Saturday

Multinomah County Library: Talk it up!: Discussion guide

California Teacher CyberGuide to "The View from Saturday"

Planet Book Club Lesson Plan: "The View from Saturday"

Planet Book Club: Additional Online Resources