Noah: Best Man at Nadia’s grandfather’s and Ethan’s grandmother’s wedding and writes calligraphy.

Ethan: Fervent lover of musicals and one of the oldest families in Epiphany.

Nadia: Rescues baby turtles and is confused about her parent’s divorce.

Julian: The English boy who invites them all to tea.

The Souls are four people looking for friends, and very smart. They all are in the same 6th grade class, with the new teacher Mrs. Olinski. The 6th grade academic bowl is approaching, and their paraplegic teacher picks the four underdogs for her team. Somehow, Mrs. Olinkski made four choices that took her team to the state finals (don’t worry, you know this from the begining).

The odd thing about this book is, well, I hate to be so critical, but many of Konigsburg’s sentences end with prepositions. They have to be good, or else it wouldn’t have won the Newbery Honor, but every time I read a sentence, it felt like fingernails on a chalkboard at first.

There is some fabulous writing, however.

Eva Marie Olinski watched Margaret Draper Diamondstein hug her grandson The new Mrs. Diamondstein was dressed in a jogging suit. A turquoise jugging suit. Turquoise! She had always regarded the color turquoise, like shocking pink and chartreuse, as the color equivalent of the word ain’t quaint when seldom used, but vulgar in great doses.

I just find that sentence the mix of narration and opinion to send tingles up my arm. And when you think that the entire book is like that, the wonderful narrator makes up for the prepositions, of which I have yet to get used to (pun intended).

I highly recommend almost any book by Konigsburg.

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