' A retired college president is determined to best a young beachcomber
' A store manager accuses a boy of shoplifting
' A tour guide strikes a bargain with an enterprising orphan
' A boy recovering from a broken arm befriends an elderly woman
in an old folks' home
' A widow and her son seize an opportunity presented
by a pair of antiques dealers
In each of these extraordinary short stories from the perceptive pen of E. L. Konigsburg, a chance meeting between two people casts a shadow on what things have been and what they can become, and changes a life forever.
E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor 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. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the Bone, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.