The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place is an interesting children’s book written by E.L. Konigsburg. This author has a reputation for writing pretty good books (From the Mixed-Up Files is her best), so I picked this book up on a recommendation from a friend. I enjoyed it; definitely a different-from-normal novel, but there was just something about it that didn’t sit right with me. Read on for all my thoughts on the book.
Most E.L. Konigsburg books have a typical lightness/humor to them. I don’t know why, but this book was just lacking some of the characteristic polish that made the author’s other books so good. This book sort of felt tedious, and the style was definitely different than the others. The sentences themselves just seemed to have a kind of heaviness about them, if that makes sense. The story, however, was interesting.
The book tells of Margaret Rose, a kid who just doesn’t fit in at summer camp. Her uncles take her out of the camp, and bring her back to their house, which is her favorite place to be. Margaret loves the Towers – the three towers that the uncles have been building for forty-five years. Once she finds out that the city is moving to destroy the towers, she starts making plans to save the structures. And she finds friends in unexpected places that help her try to save the towers.
I don’t know; this book just didn’t click with me. It felt like a strange plot placed in an ordinary setting. The entire book just seemed – weird. It wasn’t a bad book, that’s for sure. It was just strange. It’s hard to explain, but let’s just say that if you’re expecting one of the trademark E.L. Konigsburg books, you may be disappointed. Still, for being a light read it’s not bad, so I guess if you have the time you could pick it up at your local read and give it a try.
Published on 27 January, 2011. Last updated on