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Long before there was Dolly the sheep, Jeanmarie Troxell dubbed the look-alike, think-alike girls in her school "clones" and decided she wanted nothing to do with them. That's how Jeanmarie forms an unlikely friendship with another outsider, Malcolm Soo, over an equally unlikely activity -- burying dead animals at the remote spot they name Jericho Tel. It's at Jericho TelLong before there was Dolly the sheep, Jeanmarie Troxell dubbed the look-alike, think-alike girls in her school "clones" and decided she wanted nothing to do with them. That's how Jeanmarie forms an unlikely friendship with another outsider, Malcolm Soo, over an equally unlikely activity -- burying dead animals at the remote spot they name Jericho Tel. It's at Jericho Tel that Jeanmarie and Malcolm encounter Tallulah, a famous actress who happens to be dead -- although not too dead to send them on a magical quest to find out who stole the famous Regina Stone. But their search leads Jeanmarie and Malcolm to something far more valuable than a missing diamond -- adventure, friendship, and self-knowledge....

Title : Up from Jericho Tel
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ISBN : 9780689823329
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Up from Jericho Tel Reviews

  • Ellice
    2019-01-21 09:00

    This is not my favorite E.L. Konigsburg book, though I adore her on general principles: she is one of very few authors I've written fan letters to in my life--and she is one of even fewer who responded. Up from Jericho Tel is a strange mishmash of realism with fantastic elements that aren't really fully explained or even made clear for some time into the book--I kept wondering if I was really understanding what was going on. I did enjoy the characters and was interested in the plot, but it just ended up feeling a little thin overall. Maybe with some fleshing out, it could have been a better book.

  • carissa
    2019-02-03 04:52

    I read this book as I was exploring books to read with/to my 5th and 6th grade class. I ended up loving it and read it to them with all of the voices of different characters! They loved it! And I loved it! Read it!

  • Jj
    2019-02-10 11:48

    I know I read this once, but it was so long ago. I do think that I need to read it again. It made a big impression on me way back when.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-25 12:55

    This was a weird little book. I liked the characters & overall message, but the plot was very odd. It seemed to suffer from genre confusion. It wasn’t magical realism OR realism; the supernatural elements were handled as if they were commonplace & needed no explanation/context. I’m not sure what to make of it!

  • Becca
    2019-01-31 08:44

    I hate not loving one of her books, but this was a little dated and a little pedantic. Great characters and great moral though.

  • Tory
    2019-01-25 07:06

    An extremely fanciful tale that I enjoyed once I decided to suspend disbelief."Our teacher last year had shown us a film strip of microscopic life in a drop of water, and I thought that it should have had an R rating; I found the unseen world violent, full of sex and with no redeeming social value." What a metaphor. It rings so true (although I think life in a drop of water does have redeeming social value)."The trouble with logical explanations was that they only made sense. They never explained senses." My emotional self understands the depth of this statement, but when I try to cross over into my left brain to explain it logically, I can't find the words to describe. And that, in and of itself, is a perfect example of the truth of these sentences.

  • Tyler
    2019-02-10 05:00

    The best thing here is Konigsburg's depiction of relationship between Jeanmarie and Malcolm Soo. She's unbelievably skilled at creating convincing fictional versions of bookish, precocious pre-pubescents. She gets all the self-satisfaction, dependence on half-understood facts and concepts, and, most of all, the vulnerability and underlying desire for companionship. The banter between Jeanmarie and Malcolm is funny and note-perfect. There's a lot more going on in this book's plot, and the peripheral weirdos that Konigsburg throws in are as intriguing as anything inLouise Fitzhugh orJoan Aiken.

  • colleen
    2019-02-04 07:57

    not many books around with a dead tallulah bankhead as a main character! another great read.what i really enjoy about the books of e.l. konigsburg is the way she portrays young adults. they are very real and very distinctive, not stereotypes or wooden dialogue. they are kids i would want to hang out with or know and they are very much self-possessed. some might say they are outsiders, but a key aspect of the books is always friendship and how important it is to have a relationship with at least one peer.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-13 09:09

    Sometimes I feel like the inimitable Ms. Konigsburg just puts plot elements into a paper bag, shakes it, pulls out a few, and thinks "YA GOLD!" This one works though: kids who bury dead animals for a hobby, a subterranean Tallulah Bankhead, and a motley collection of buskers, ventriloquists, and inept musicians. Also, there's a jewel-heist mystery. ("I've always wanted to be part of a heist!")Seriously, this one's impossible to explain, but it's worth reading, and like all Konigsburg books, can be completed in an afternoon.

  • Astrid Lim
    2019-02-14 05:51

    Not as strong as the other Konigsburg books, but the puzzle is pretty entertaining. It's a bit awkward at first to combine the fantasy/surreal world with the contemporary/everyday setting. And the main characters (especially Jeanmarie) are a bit annoying - and there are some unnecessary conversations about racial (immigrant stereotyping, etc) that will create a controversy nowadays but I guess was still passable during the 80s (when this book was written). Not her best, but it's ok to cure the craving of some Konigsburgs.

  • Melody
    2019-01-28 12:10

    Quirky characters are Konigsburg's stock in trade, and they are here in abundance. Including, inexplicably and delightfully, the ghost of Tallulah Bankhead. The plot is fairly thin, but it doesn't matter much, because this one's all about how the characters relate to each other and their world. The dialogue struck me at first as stiff and distracting but I soon got used to it.

  • Sallie
    2019-02-05 07:01

    I love E L Konigsburg's books. Her quirky characters and plots always keep my interest and resonate with me. I met the author at a children's books conference in Reno in the early 90s, and she's as genuine in person as her books are when read.

  • ester
    2019-01-25 11:06

    I never hear this book spoken of when people wax rhapsodic about the young adult lit that really moved them. To me, this was as seminal and creative as the Roald Dahls I returned to over and over again. It's got everything! Magic, mystery, Tallulah Bankhead ...

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-02-06 09:06

    A very weird book with some pretty stupid philosophical ramblings with no discernible point or truth to them. Just a strange story with a disjointed boring plot. I was annoyed by the characters. I finally started skipping and skimming just to get through it. Egh.

  • C.J.
    2019-01-18 07:50

    An enjoyable yarn all the way through--Konigsberg has an agility and depth with young people's voices, and the etchings of their worlds, that is well worth the moment to dip into; and Jericho Tel was a fantastic blend of upside down fantasy and perfect credibility.

  • Emily
    2019-01-25 07:50

    None of her books are ever like the others. This was one especially bizarre.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-07 12:40


  • Margaret
    2019-02-02 12:06

    I remember From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as being good. This was medocre.

  • Kate
    2019-01-17 13:08

    Not one of my favorite E. L. Konigsburg books- it didn't have quite the impact of her more well-known novels. Still, it was a quick & enjoyable read.

  • Aj
    2019-02-10 06:40

    my favorite book of all time.

  • Gina
    2019-01-21 08:41

    As an adult I really enjoyed this story. My sixth graders are struggling with it. Giving them some background knowledge on stage acting and old revival scams would have helped comprehension.

  • Ceridwyn
    2019-01-20 11:53

    Koningsburg is always quirky, human and unexpected. This plot was very far-fetched, but interesting. Talulah Bankhead seemed true to her legend.

  • LeAnne
    2019-02-16 08:00

    Not her best.

  • Akiko Morita
    2019-02-05 13:06

     I couldn't finish it. I didn't like the translation in Japanese. Perhaps I should read in English??

  • Ron
    2019-02-13 12:07

    My son continues reading through E. L. Konigsburg. This is a mystery that is solved through deduction and magic. A good read.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-13 08:58

    Slightly weirder than A View from Saturday but well worth it just to get to know the character Tallulah.

  • Chase.curriculum
    2019-02-06 08:58

    2012 nov, e710