S: Seasons of Change
FC: The View from Saturday
1: T heme | An important theme from The View from Saturday, is the meaning of friendship. This theme shows the camaraderie between the teammates. Another theme is how personal experiences effect our lives. This theme shows how each character achieved success in the academic bowl because of their personal experiences.
2: Setting | The View from Saturday takes place in the state of New York in a town called Epiphany and also near the Sargasso Sea in Florida.
4: Characters | Noah: Noah was accidentally chosen as the best man at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. Knows calligraphy. Major, static character. | Nadia: Has red hair and a dog that is a genius. She also is very fond of baby turtles. Major, static character.
5: Julian: One of the strangest people on the school bus and he starts The Souls by inviting them to a tea party. Major, static character. | Ethan: He is the "silent" second son of one of Epiphany's oldest families. Major, dynamic character. | Mrs. Olinski:Was hurt in a car accident and became paralyzed, she returned to teaching 10 years later. Leader of the team.
6: Plot | Rising Action: The Souls form an academic team and a friendship. Climax: The Souls' academic team win the championship competition. Falling Action: Ms. Olinski finds that she is happy they won, but sad that there will not be any victories to look forward to. Resolution: Ms. Olinski finally figures how she found her team--or did they find her?
7: Order of Events | The author of The View from Saturday ordered events in the book by switching from present to past. This way of organizing the text helped explain how each member of The Souls academic team knew the answer from their life experiences.
8: Irony | Near the beginning of this book, Noah learns the word irony and that it is the contrast between what you expect to happen and what really happens. For example, Noah thinks that the bride and groom figures falling off of the cake is ironic because you expect the bride and groom to be happily married, but the bride and groom falling off the cake signifies an unhappy marriage.
9: Surprise | The author's use of surprise in this book contributed to the central theme in a scene where Julian argues with the commissioner of education over the validity of an answer. The commissioner could have disqualified The Souls, but he was too surprised to to so. It turned out Julian was actually right.