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3.48514285714286 out of 53.48514285714286 out of 53.48514285714286 out of 53.48514285714286 out of 53.48514285714286 out of 5 3.49 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Konigsburg Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780743597142
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wrought with deep compassion and a keen sense of balance.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Admirable acts, challenging ideas, and grace notes positively festoon this superb tale.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/20/2014

    " Another awesome book. My mom had this one in her basement and I grabbed it to read due to boredom, I guess. What a cool book. I am so impressed by authors who can write a "fun" story with so much meaning behind it. I loved the sincerity of the characters in this story, I loved what good kids they were and how kind they were. It gives me hope in the future and faith that people are still intrinsically good in a world of cruddy stuff. So good and worth reading!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mack | 1/9/2014

    " So cool. Intricate plotline. I love her books. Everything was clever and fit perfectly in the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 1/1/2014

    " I probably didn't like it because, at the time I read it, I was too young to understand most of the concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuco Markham | 12/29/2013

    " Great story, changes the point of view from the various characters which I like. Plot involves TRIVIA, which I like also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Lengel | 12/28/2013

    " Four smart kids and a smart competition. Who cares if it's a little pretentious? It's a brilliant book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauradjones | 12/27/2013

    " Great Book. A very creative story. It was very entertaining, with a great message. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. My favorite line, "No normal person would continue to be cheerful and wear short pants." Just funny... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/24/2013

    " Very good, I think I'll read another book by this author soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Turner | 12/21/2013

    " I really like many of Konigsburg's books and this is a Newberry award winner, but it just didn't appeal to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 12/12/2013

    " Pretty dumb "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 12/7/2013

    " Great book for youth. Even as an adult, though, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/6/2013

    " Heartbreaking, lyrical and lovely "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 little turtle | 12/2/2013

    " I love it you'll probably think its boring but my buddy delaney bella read it and she loved it to ***spoiler*** there's turtles ! and in case you haven't noticed I <3 turtles "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/22/2013

    " This is a very sweet book about kindness. This is one of my favorites so far this summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 9/1/2012

    " How did I miss this author when I was a kid? I'm kind of in love. bookxray.blogspot.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shira | 7/9/2012

    " it really is the view from saturday! so clever and i love juliens magic tricks!!!1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desireable_Disney | 5/29/2012

    " I am a passenger on spaceship earth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soo Hyun Moon | 4/1/2012

    " This is an interesting book which the four main characters, all of them are kids, are linked together even though they had not realised in the first place. This book tells us a true friendship among the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kenpen | 1/10/2012

    " Over the past year or so, I've been trying to read Newbery winners. Unfortunately, I have been disappointed in many of them--too trite, too dated, etc. However, this one felt like a real winner. It definitely deserved its award. I'd count this as one of my favorite children's chapter books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Londa | 11/21/2011

    " Very nice tween book. Middle-school meets jeopardy with some important life lessons thrown in for good measure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hallie | 11/15/2011

    " I hated it's so bad don't read it it makes no sense whatsoever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 10/28/2011

    " This one gave me warm fuzzies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lys | 6/25/2011

    " This is an uplifting fun story about a teacher and the four students she chose for the knowledge bowl team. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen | 5/29/2011

    " It's been a while... but I did love it. Intersting points of view. Random trivia, and good, clear, overall morals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 5/19/2011

    " I had to read this for school, and it wasn't that bad. It was actually pretty good. Not my favorite book, but it was definately a good read. It was fun and I would reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 5/16/2011

    " Not my favorite book, but it's a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 5/7/2011

    " I liked this book. I liked how she wrote this book, kind of like a puzzle. You have to piece together how the characters all fit together and the moral of the story is really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 4/25/2011

    " Read to Annika, 13. Pretty good book about four sixth graders who were in the middle school academic bowl. Background stories about how they became friends. Just sort of a meandering story. Annika also gave it 3 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irmatorres1 | 4/17/2011

    " I think I wasted a good part of life reading this book I don't know why anyone would want to read it. If I were the author I'd be so ashamed of myself for writing such a terrible piece of garbage. I wish I could give it zero stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 4/16/2011

    " Not as impressed as many of my colleagues are. It took me to page 61 before I could ever really get interested in finding out how the book would end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/16/2011

    " Once again I have reread a book from my younger years and have loved it. We will be discussing this at our
    last homeschooling bookclub. I will make scones, sandwiches and tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 4/15/2011

    " I probably didn't like it because, at the time I read it, I was too young to understand most of the concepts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 4/14/2011

    " i absolutely hated everything about this book.. i mean what was going through the author's head when she wrote this book?! i couldnt have read a more boring book in my life... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 4/1/2011

    " It was really boring reading the answers. (you''l know what i mean if u read it) but once it was just more of the chapters it was ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlee | 3/27/2011

    " I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. The organization is playfully creative, the similes in here are smile-inspiring, the characters are unique and lovable, and the message is plain good. This is a book I would reread I'm ever feeling creatively starved. "

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About the Author

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal in 1968; in the same year, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later, she won another Newbery Medal for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdales. She wrote Silent to the Bone in 2000, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Konigsburg lives in north Florida.

About the Narrators

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.