The Wednesday Wars
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.Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior... show more
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.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.
Publish date: May 18th 2009
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
Holling Hoodhood is really in for it. He's just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows it out to get him. Why else would she make him read Shakespeare . . . outside of class? The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things to worry about. There's Vietnam for one thing, and then t...
No stars for you book! And don't you dare question my authority!This book is so sweet, I'm practically choking on its sweetness, in a good way. What I liked:EverythingWhat I loved:Holling and his friendsHolling and his sister"Did you find yourself?""What?" said my sister."Did you find yourself?""She...
4.5 stars. Probably would have been 5 stars, but I read Okay for Now only a week ago and it's so perfect that I had to knock this one down just a titch.
If a junior high aged boy is part of your household, give him this book. He'll love it, and it will do him good. And if you happen to have been in junior high during the year 1968, this book can serve as a reminder of life (and national politics) at that time. In case you don't remember, 1968 is t...
I've been putting off making a review for this. It's really difficult for me to make a review of a book that blew me away. It feels like a few words can't justify this book, or couldn't articulate how much this impacted me, or no one would appreciate what a delightful book this is.In the meantime, I...