Remembering E.L. Konigsburg

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Shaunta at Story Carnivores says goodbye to E.L. Konigsburg and thanks her for helping her discover her own power:

"My parents were going through the kind of divorce that involves private detectives and social workers. I can remember feeling some kind of relief knowing that at least in this book, kids like Claudia Kincaid (and me) could do something important. It was my first real inkling that children could have power."

One of the most touching memories I've read of E.L. Konigsburg comes from Jan Devereux. She went to school with Konigsburg's son. She remembers meeting the author as a child and how Konigsburg's first books made an impact on her as a girl. From her post, Thank You, Mrs. Konigsburg (and Ross):

"Like insecure Elizabeth, the first novel’s narrator, I loved and admired Jennifer because she dared to be different than the “phony” popular girls at school. I wished I could be a free-spirited iconoclast like Jennifer, but I also hated standing out – which I feared I already did for my high grades, my success in competitive sports, and my prettiness (even if I didn’t brush my hair enough to please my mother). Oh, how I longed to be popular, or at least to have a loyal and adoring best friend like Elizabeth. "

What is your favorite Konigsburg book?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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