Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, two-time Newbery Medalist--in 1968 for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and again in 1997 for The View from Saturday--died on Friday, April 19, at the age of 83.
In honor of her memory, and in recognition of a wonderful writer of timeless classics, she is this month's pick as the author "every girl should read."
I think this quote from her sums up her writing style and why she touched so many, particularly in the tween years, “The essential problems remain the same. … The kids I write about are asking for the same things I wanted. They want two contradictory things. They want to be the same as everyone else, and they want to be different from everyone else. They want acceptance for both.”