Altogether, One at a Time
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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What do you do when your mother makes you invite the most obnoxious kid in your class to your birthday party?
- Or when you have to wait another thirty-three and a third years to see a shower of stars?
- Or your parents ship you off to fat camp?
- Or you have to share your private lunch hour with a girl who's mean to you just because of the color of your skin?
In E. L. Konigsburg's witty and perceptive short stories, four young people cope with difficult situations and, in doing so, learn something that changes their lives.
E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.
After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.
"A marvelous collection, full of wry humor."
-- School Library Journal, starred review
"With E. L. Konigsburg doing the writing, you know the stories will be good." -- Publishers Weekly