Wednesday Wars

Wednesday Wars

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In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York.

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn't like Holling--he's sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation--the Big M--in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.

ISBN: 9780547237602


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Feb 15, 2017

My daughter picked this out by choice when she was 10 years old. She loved it so much, she couldn't put it down, and then re-read it two more times. Nice clean story, nothing objectionable or sinister. Definitely five stars.

Dec 10, 2014

A lovely book...well written and paced....characters that you care about...I've grown tired of so many of the depressing, dark young adult books....this was nice. Will read more of Mr. Schmidt

May 21, 2013

This book was really good but people shouldn't classify it as a children's book because it has a lot of symbolism that is hard to pick up on. Even I had to look up what some of the symbols meant. (don't worry it's appropriate for all ages just hard to understand).

Jun 10, 2012

As a book, this was a 3 or 4. But as a children's book? I don't doubt that some kid somewhere at some time will pick up this book and love it, but I can't imagine any kid I know or have ever met to select this by choice.

Also, do kids really like Awesome Teacher books? You're better off reading Sahara Special or Bridge to Terabithia if that's what you're looking for.

This story is amazing, and all of the characters and circumstances were really interesting! The voice of Holling really helped bring everything out in the perfect way. I loved it!

Jun 09, 2012

I loved this book! It was really fun to read and I couldn't stop reading it until I found out what happened to Holling in the end. Really good story!

Grace_Kalman Mar 15, 2012

I cannot even describe the awesomeness of this book. Fantabulous doesn't cut it. Love love love love love!!!!
Beware the Ides of March!


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