If you could touch the alien sand and hear the cries of strange birds and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satisfy you?
Mrs. Konigsburg was the only author to have won the American Library Association’s John Newbery Medal for distinguished children’s literature, considered the most prestigious in the field, and been the runner-up in the same year.
She received the 1968 medal for “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” a story about a sister and brother from the suburbs who run away from home and surreptitiously camp out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. She wrote that book in 1967, the same year she finished and sold her first book, “Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth,” about a new child in the neighborhood and her friendship with a girl who claims to be a witch, the 1968 Newbery runner-up.
She was a major writer for me in junior high. The View from Saturday was a very influential book for me when I was young.
You will be missed.