Case in point: As part of the Target program in her school, she is reading The View from Saturday by E L Konigsburg. I was so excited by this because, when I was her age, I read and loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by the same author.
There are five characters that dominate the story: Mrs Eva Olinski, a middle school teacher, and four of her students—Noah Gershom, Nadia Diamondstein, Ethan Potter, and Julian Singh. The novel alternates between third person to first person limited as each of the main characters has an opportunity to tell a part of their own story which also moves the story in and out of the present. How the children connect with one another is gradually revealed and how they know the answers to the academic questions is gradually told in ripples that become larger with each chapter. (Somewhat like the narrative style of Slumdog Millionaire, without the horrible abuse and such. This is a children’s book, after all!)
I especially like how each character’s hidden biases are revealed and overcome. I was disappointed that Julian’s character was less layered than any of the others, almost causing him to fall into the “magical black person” trope. (Albeit, he’s Indian so brown person I suppose would be more appropriate.)
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. The way the story is told is interesting and I expect that my granddaughter will enjoy it very much. Unfortunately, she hadn’t even started it by the time I had finished it. Oops. Well, we’ll simply have to try again with some other book. A for effort, yes?