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Stories from Days Gone By – The Westing Game

The next in my occasional series revisiting some books from childhood.

The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinThe Westing Game

Review: The game is afoot. This middle school grade mystery kept me guessing for awhile. It has many different characters who may or may not be who they seem so sometimes keeping them straight can be a challenge. Overall, this story held up moderately well. I’ve read more sophisticated mysteries since I first read “The Westing Game” and that most likely colored my view this time around. Nevertheless, a classic.

Stories from Days Gone By – The View from Saturday

The first in my occasional series revisiting some books from childhood.

The View from Saturday by E.L. KonigsburgThe View from Saturday

Review: I remember this as one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I’ve read it a number of times and it continues to be a favorite even now. The story has just enough quirkiness to make me smile but not so much as to be inaccessible. It’s about smarts over popularity and being kind to one another. The story also revolves around trivia which I always love and it has an ethereal/philosophical aspect that I can’t quite describe but warms my heart. Overall, still holds up now.

Sad news

The View from SaturdayE.L. Konigsburg died on Friday. While she was always known best for “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” I loved her other Newbery Award-winning book, “The View from Saturday,” more. “The View from Saturday” is one of my favorite books from childhood.

This has also given me an idea. I think I will start an occasional series on books from my childhood. I’ll re-read them and see how they stand up to the way I remember them.

But until then, thanks Ms. Konigsburg for a lifetime of amazing books. Read more here.