Do you know what famous woman lived in Homer, New York? Could you name the parts of the human eye in the order that light reaches them? These are just two of the questions asked of Julian, Ethan, Noah and Nadia, the four members of Mrs. Olinski's sixth grade Academic Bowl team. Mrs. Olinski, in her first year back in the classroom after a crippling accident, chose them against the advice of her more experienced peers. Did she make the right choice? You'll enjoy getting to know these characters, and you'll also enjoy some laughter along the way. This book is the winner of the 1997 Newbery Award.
Recommended by Carolyn Stepnitz