The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

By E. L. Konigsburg

Ginee Seo Books, Hardcover, 9781416949725, 244pp.

Publication Date: August 2007


"ninety percent of who you are is invisible."

Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the
town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But
Amedeo has a secret, a dream: More than anything in the world, he wants
to discover something -- a place, a process, even a fossil -- some
treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would
also like to discover a true friend to share these things with.

William Wilcox seems like an unlikely candidate for friendship: an aloof
boy who is all edges and who owns silence the way other people own words.
When Amedeo and William find themselves working together on a house sale
for Amedeo's eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Zender, Amedeo has an inkling that
both his wishes may come true. For Mrs. Zender's mansion is crammed with
memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every
piece. Soon the boys find themselves caught up in one particular story --
a story that links a sketch, a young boy's life, an old man's
reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi
Germany. It's a story that will take them to the edge of what they know
about heroism and the mystery of the human heart.

Two-time Newbery winner E. L. Konigsburg spins a magnificent tale of art,
discovery, friendship, history, and truth.

About the Author
E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. Her first two books, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," were Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books respectively. She won her second Newbery Medal for "The View from Saturday," Her many acclaimed books include "Silent" "to the Bone," to which "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" is a companion novel. These titles are available on audio from Listening Library.