Search Results: "E.L. Konigsburg"


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Released: Sept. 10, 1974

"Presumably, now she won't have to spend her energies flirting with ghetto dragons—though Konigsburg seems unaware to the end that Edie's caper (it used to be called slumming) is as distasteful as her all-round aid to Andy is deflating."
An eleven-year-old aspiring detective seeking a sidekick who will "yes, boss" him takes up with a lonely young housewife in his upper-income suburb, and even if you can credit a kid like Andy being so interested in Edie Yakots' self-preoccupied prattle and her frequent references to "Harry—that's my husband" that he visits her daily after school, you still might question how many others his age will want to read about her. Read full book review >

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SILENT TO THE BONE by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"What starts out as an intriguing plot turns predictable, but Konigsburg's characters and the textures of their relationships are fascinating and worth every minute spent with them. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The small New York town in which Konigsburg offered a View From Saturday (1996, Newbery Medal) is again the setting for a series of rich and subtle studies in friendship and family. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND MRS. GIOCONDA by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Sept. 10, 1975

"At this civilized midcult level Konigsburg is successful, mixing palatable art history with mildly ingenious conjecture, and she probably should not be faulted for not having a Salai of her own."
Around a few entries in Leonardo's notebooks Konigsburg constructs the character of his young apprentice Salai and fabricates an answer to two questions. Read full book review >

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THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE by E.L. Konigsburg
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"This it does with every word in place, occasionally indulging in dizzying linguistic riffs, always conscious of the ironies inherent in the acts of living and growing up. (Fiction. 10+)"
Master novelist Konigsburg hones her sense of irony to a razor edge in this exploration of the backstory behind one of Silent to the Bone's secondary characters: Connor's older half-sister Margaret. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The large cast, looping plot line, and embedded stories with different narrators require careful sorting, but the effort is eminently worthwhile, and Konigsburg kindly provides answers at the end. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Admirable acts, challenging ideas, and grace notes positively festoon this superb tale of four sixth graders and a paraplegic teacher forming a junior high Academic Bowl team that sweeps away the competition. Read full book review >

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FATHER'S ARCANE DAUGHTER by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Aug. 18, 1976

"For them, there will be a certain hermetic appeal; otherwise this is a mark-time exercise in a minor key."
Layers of mystery. . . Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO AN 800 NUMBER by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: March 10, 1982

"Sabrina and Lilly's masquerade is an obvious device and an unlikely hobby, but diverting anyway; and if Woody and his friends are more predictably obvious, they are all nice people, well worth Max's attention."
The loosening up of Maximillian Stubbs, who goes off to stay with his father Woody while his mother is off honeymooning with a rich man near retirement age. Read full book review >

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A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINIVER by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Sept. 7, 1973

"Having chosen to retain 67 of her years through eternity Eleanor looks back on a full life without regrets; much of the credit for her salvation must go to Konigsberg's diffuse but energetic delight in words — a quality so rare in juvenile literature that even Henry's arrival on the arms of Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln can be forgiven."
This begins with Eleanor of Acquitaine in heaven waiting for the arrival of her second husband, and thus has two strikes against it from the start: it is yet another Plantagenet family chronicle and tries to wrest humor from human bitchiness transplanted into a wholly mundane celestial kingdom. Read full book review >

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(GEORGE) by E.L. Konigsburg
illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Oct. 20, 1970

"In current fiction, a boy with a problem seldom has it so good."
Parentheses because George is Ben's concentric twin, his loudmouthed inner voice, or, as Mrs. Konigsburg puts it in a nutshell. . . Read full book review >

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ABOUT THE B'NAI BAGELS by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: March 21, 1969

"A further attraction is the fine supporting cast, notably that twelve-year-old charmer, Fortune Cookie Rivera."
Jewish shmewish, everybody knows, so who cares? Read full book review >

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AMY ELIZABETH EXPLORES BLOOMINGDALE'S by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Understated, witty, and right on target; creatively extended in the author's perceptive, warmly colorful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amy Elizabeth is visiting Grandma in New York; each day, Grandma plans to take her to "Bloomie's," but there's always something else they should do first: walk the dog, visit Chinatown to get green tea, go to a laundromat, or share lox and bagels and the Sunday Times. Read full book review >

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UP FROM JERICHO TEL by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: March 1, 1986

"The story is told with a light touch but contains some substance as well—a good exploration of aspirations to and attainment of fame."
In Konigsburg's novel, her two talented child protagonists, Jeanmarie and Malcolm, learn the three requirements for fame in a sometimes whimsical, sometimes mysterious tale. Read full book review >