Bright and Early Thursday Evening: A Tangled Tale

Audrey Wood, Author, Don Wood, Illustrator
Audrey Wood, Author, Don Wood, Illustrator Harcourt Children's Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-15-200363-0
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-15-201963-1
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-16521-1
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-23578-5
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Glowing with humor and dusted with magic, this contemporary novel explores the ties that bind the four members of a championship academic quiz-bowl team. Sixth-grade teacher/coach Mrs. Olinski, teaching for the first time since becoming paraplegic, proudly observes her students' victories from the confines of a wheelchair. She is not sure what propelled her to choose the members of her team, nor does she fully comprehend the secret of their success in repeatedly beating older, more sophisticated competitors. Readers will be equally mystified until the backgrounds of the foursome (who call themselves The Souls) unfold during a series of first-person narratives that reveal the links between the students' private lives. Newbery Medalist Konigsburg (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) orchestrates a stunning quartet of harmoniously blended voices. She expresses the individual struggles of each of her characters while showing how they unite to reach a common goal. Wrought with deep compassion and a keen sense of balance, her imaginative novel affirms the existence of small miracles in everyday life. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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