We're going to be having a book fest here for the rest of the month. I've been working on a lot of posts with short reviews of books I've read. I'm not particularly good at reviewing books, but I can at least tell you if I liked them and maybe a little bit about them. There will be a mix of children's books and adult books.
These are the books I've read and enjoyed by E.L. Konigsburg. I don't like all of them equally. I do like Konigsburg's style of writing. Her books are not like everyone else's. I haven't read some of her newest books yet.
The View from Saturday- This was a Newbery book a few years ago. It is the story of four very different children who work together to make good things happen. I suggested it for my book club in my last town and the women loved it. Highly recommended.
Throwing Shadows- Five short stories. All different, but somehow the same. Recommended.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- Also a Newbery (an author who gets two Newbery awards clearly is worth looking into). A sister and brother who run away and "hide out in" the Met. Excellent. I read this one many times as a child.
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth- I also read this one many times as a child. Two girls who create an unusual friendship. Recommended.
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place- Good book about an atypical girl with much less than typical relatives. Fun to read. Not quite as good as some of her others, but certainly worth reading.
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver- This isn't my favorite Konigsburg, but it is still good. Eleanor of Aquitaine is waiting in heaven to be judged and remembers her life.
Father's Arcane Daughter- I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one unless you love Konigsburg and want to read many of them. Still, it is quite interesting, and I have enjoyed rereading it. Again, it's different.