The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.
My friend, Brian, got me this book. We were both in graduate school in NYC (he at Columbia, Teachers College, me at Bank Street) He went to a book signing with E.L Konigsburg – I had just finished reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. There is a reason E. L. Konigsburg was voted one of the 10 best authors (http://flavorwire.com/271020/the-10-best-authors-of-childrens-literature). It was a present that I never expected. Brian and I were best friends, he always made me laugh and made my time in NYC a lot of fun. And, I have this beautiful book, signed by the author – does anybody care about authors signing books anymore? Does anyone treasure their books, or do they just think ‘can I download it?’ I loved this book when I read it in 1997. It’s about being nice to others. Plain and simple.
I was excited to read it with my daughter. We started it a couple of weeks ago, and she didn’t really like it at first. I asked her to give it a week and then we could decide if we would continue. I never even asked her again – we just kept reading. I think if she had read it on her own, it would have been too hard. She did stop me several times to ask questions (isnt that one of the good things about reading with your children – you are there to answer questions). She enjoyed getting to know the characters, she was excited about what was going to happen in the competition, she liked all the different relationships and how they all connected. It was fun to read it with her. I think when she gets older, she will go back and read it on her own. It will be interesting to hear her impression then.