- Author: E. L. Konigsburg
- Read Aloud Grade Range: 3 - Adult
- Read Alone Grade Range: 5 - Adult
- Newbery Award
- Binding: pb
- Pages: 176
Four friends from a class of social outcasts attempt to win an Academic Bowl with the help of their encouraging teacher. Sarita says, "As a two-time Newbery Medal winner, you know she has a good writing style. But this book has a wonderful story-line as well. It has the best of all worlds mixed into one."