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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844289540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844289547
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Elegant, absorbing...a veritable feast.""Publishers Weekly," starred review

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E. L. Konigsburg made a remarkable debut in children's books by winning the Newbery Award for her second book, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler". In 1999 she received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband in Jacksonville, Florida.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peaches on 26 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Th Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place is a wonderful novel about the trials and tribulations of 12-year-old life. I am of that age, myself, and empathize with the main character, Margaret Rose.
When Margaret Rose discovers that one of the best things in her life is to be destroyed, she does everything she can think of to stop the demolition of the towers. With a team of, er, VERY DIFFERENT individuals that share her love for the towers, she partakes in a number of crazy and not-so crazy tasks to save her precious towers and her uncles' happiness.
Sadly, not everyone on Margaret's team thinks the same way as she does, so everything is not perfect in the end. At the end, she discovers the reason for her parents' absence and life leaves her feeling a little cheated and with a bad taste in the mouth.
This novel is perfect for pre-teens and teens. I really enjoyed because it shows how powerless young people are often made to feel, and it has a refreshing bittersweet ending too. I thoroughly recommend The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place to both young and old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. on 17 Mar. 2009
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A beautiful story about the power of art without big words or pretentious conotations.
Margaret Rose doesn't like camp. She is lucky enough to have two uncles who not only dote on her but can also take her in during the long summer holidays.
E L Konigsburgh's writing style is wonderful! This is pure-pleasure-reading. If you liked it, try 'Silent to the Bone' which isn't a sequel, but features Margaret Rose as a grown-up, in the same house on Schuyler Place which she inherited from her uncles, but telling her half-brother's story. I couldn't recommend this author and her books any higher!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Candidate for 2004 Newberry 25 Jan. 2004
By R. T. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Respected author E. L. Konigsburg is in fine form and high spirits in this latest book. While the characters are witty and sure to appeal to readers who often find themselves on the fringes of society, the real strong point of the book is its message. The first matter handled here is the need to be an individual. Margaret, as well as much of the cast, prefers to march to her own beat and is capable of handling the pressure. This theme runs as an undercurrent, something that is taken for granted rather than presented as the leading difficulty. The second major theme is the purpose or 'apurpose' of art. Taking a page from Wilde, Konigsburg proudly stands up for all art- art in school, art at home, art in public- as being quite useless and beautiful for it. While once or twice almost getting weighed down in expansive speeches, this theme shines through. The third and most subtle theme is one of life. It took me a while to realize what about this book was so stunning and it is that unlike most books, 'Outcasts' recognizes that no event or set of events can ever make life perfect. Regardless of the Towers' fate (I wouldn't dare tell you), Margaret's life goes on. People hurt one another, people change, people die and nothing can alter that. But it is art and the experience of a life lived artfully that can make all things bearable. Many books tell children that by overcoming some obstacle, everything that goes wrong in life can be fixed. Konigsburg teaches here that while much can be fixed, life will never be without struggle. And that it is how you live your life that makes the difference. For that reason, I think the book makes a wonderful read and a stong candidate for 2004. 'Outcasts' is a thing of beauty- from its glorious cover art to the detailed craft of the writing and it has certainly set the standard for any books premiering this coming year.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place 31 Oct. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place is an awesome realistic fiction book written by author E.L. Konigsburg. After being rescued from camp, 12-year- old Margaret Kane is living with her unique uncles for the summer. Suddenly she finds out the plot for a horrendous deed that threatens the whole reason she loves her uncles house so much. Join Margaret as she tries to rescue her favorite piece of history.

This was an overall excellent book but it had its rough spots. The ending is what I didn't like about the book. It was okay, but it wasn't an "happily ever after". On the flip side, my favorite part was the uncles' philosophy about life. It made me think about how I live mine.

My favorite characters in this book were Alex and Morris Rose, Margaret's uncles. They are so old-fashioned; it's hard not to enjoy their personalities.

The most meaningful lines to me in this book comes from Morris on page 147." History has no end. As soon as I say this word history, it is part of history. No one should be allowed to take away some ones history. No one." The first part made me realize that everything becomes part of some ones history. A compliment and an insult could be remembered for a long time. I really agree with the second part. If you destroy a picture of someone, you are destroying a memory that could never be replaced.

If you asked me about this book, I would probably tell you that it is a really cool book that makes you think a lot, but don't expect everything to be all right in the end. The only question I have after reading this book is how Margaret's uncles feel about the end result of what she did.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Richie's Picks: THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE 2 Feb. 2004
By N. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having first read OUTCASTS last October (My review is online at RichiesPicks) I laughed and cried my way through it for the third time today. In the way that I knew immediately upon reading them that BUD NOT BUDDY and HOLES would be Newbery Medal winners, I am confident that this literary masterpiece will at least earn a Newbery Honor next January, will gain dozens of state awards over the next 3 or 4 years, and will be taught in classrooms all over the place. Yes, it's THAT good. Packed with enough humor, heart, and mischievousness for a dozen books, THE OUTCASTS OF 19 SCHUYLER PLACE becomes the yardstick by which I'll measure 2004.
Richie Partington
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place 8 Mar. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Rose Kane's Uncle Alex said that "you couldn't stop history from happening because the entire past tense is history." But Margaret Rose had a plan. ad she was ready to change history.

Twelve year-old Margaret Rose Kane "prefered not to" go to summer camp, and so when her uncle Alex comes and saves her from the dreaded Camp Taquela, her real summer adventures begin.

This book is full of wit. I have read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, also written by E.L. Konigsburg and The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place is the better one by far. This book has a very difficult vocabulary, so I recommend it mostlly for girls 12 and older. If you love an interesting and suspenseful book, then GO FOR IT!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite and Adorable! 26 Jan. 2004
By Rosy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book sings! You will be able to hear songs of true courage, friendship, and hope. I highly recommend it for people of all ages who love words and marvels. I was enthralled by every character and every page.
E.L. Konigsburg is one of the greatest writers on this planet, no doubt for her perfect language and ability to touch your heart and mind. A real gem.
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