The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
This book kinda sorta was about a team of young middle school kids who work together and go to the Academic Bowl.
If this was a linear world, and this book was a documentary, that’s what you’d say this book was about.
Instead, Konigsburg tells a circuitous story, of four misfits and their misfit teacher, who develop a friendship amid a hostile world. In the process, they not only create their own, kinder world, but they gentle the world around them.