Question: What do you get when you mix a wedding, a sea turtle rescue, and a tea party?

Answer: The Souls!

Can sixth graders Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian beat a team of eighth graders to win the Academic Bowl?

Ages 10+
Pages 180
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Kirkus Starred Review
Newbery Medal Winner
Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

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29 Reviews

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I really liked reading this book!

Review by Eli

I really like this book because it tells the story from the point of view of some of the characters, and I feel more connected to the characters because of that. It also tells some of the story in the third person, so I can understand what everyone is thinking. I also think that the story and all of the characters and their personalities are cool. I really liked reading this book!

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I know why it won the Newbery

Review by lionheartlaughs

I was surprised when I saw this on pj our way, but it made me feel all fuzzy inside when I read (and reread) it. Check this out from your local library. Also look at Mrs. Konigsburg’s other amazing books. Anyway, this book is so great. Believe me.

Jan 08, 2022 08:44 PM
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Review by reader888

I finished this book because I was hoping it would get better, but it didn't. IT. ONLY. GOT. WORSE. It was extremely boring, and the plot was forgettable and completely unrealistic. The ending was so predictable. 4 kids become unlikely friends, and then they miraculously win a competition against a bunch of 8th graders. COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC.

Dec 05, 2021 04:15 PM
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Review by booklover100

I didn't really like it

Dec 04, 2020 09:32 PM
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Review by Chelamb

I was a bit confused but in a great way. I hate a predictable story line. This one had great descriptions so i could actually see what i was reading.

Nov 04, 2020 04:51 PM
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Pretty good!

Review by ThinkGymGameRepeat

This was a good book, though it was very confusing and all over the place. I could never tell what was happening.

Jul 03, 2020 02:08 PM