The Wednesday Wars
  • The Wednesday Wars
  • The Wednesday Wars
  • The Wednesday Wars
ISBN: 054723760X
EAN13: 9780547237602
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.5" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

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   Great balance of fun and serious
Yes, I listened to the audiobook, but my wife actually read it. There is a little bit of everything in this story. The fifth and sixth graders at Beacon Hill Middle School are dealing with the challenges of life and trying to figure out who they want to be. It has Shakespeare, pranks, and political issues, but everything is well balanced and suitable for even young audiences, said the book's writer, Janet Evanovich. She didn't quite grasp the more serious concepts, but enjoyed it anyway. It's still entertaining to listen to. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, easy read or as something that can spark discussions among book club members. If you think so, I don't think you would be disappointed.
   Great story, set during the Vietnam era
The book is a great story, set during the Vietnam War. The show's creator and executive producer, Robert Hemenway, said the main character was a seventh-grade boy. I've read this book in preparation for a class, so I knew what my students were reading.
I've read many a great story of Holling and his milieu. I listened to it while walking and since I don't wear headphones, my good neighbors probably think I'm insane for walking around the neighborhood. Yes, I did laugh. A lot of people die in Iraq. Young readers, I'm fairly certain, will not grasp and appreciate much of the humor in the book. Much of my laughter came from remembering the period and similar experiences, but that's okay because younger readers will get what they get, he said. I'm not ashamed to say that the Shakespeare stuff was awesome. Then he learned some serious stuff about life from Shakespeare, was vindicated. The fact that the book was written in 1974-75, just before the Vietnam War, was just right for an intro to the period for younger readers that gave a sense of the horror without being too gruesome. Though he was a great actor, Holling was also a great singer.
   Enjoyable read
Thanks for the book. He enjoyed it, and everybody I've spoken to that has read the book also liked it, Sosa said.
   Strongly recommended for all readers!
My son has read it and I think it's great. Intriguingly vivid writing, wonderful character development, and an interesting plot twist added to the story, said Dr. Goin. There are passages that will have you laughing out loud and there are others that are very touching and heartwarming. The book has been a bestseller, and is now being sold in bookstores across the country.
   Excellent for Teaching Analysis
This book is ideal for teaching middle school students about the English language. The book introduces an unreliable narrator with a biased perspective and a distinct personality, which is very unusual for this age group. It also teaches students how to analyze and plot complex stories. The interweaving of Shakespearean themes and characters adds an extra level of nuance. The book also includes some of the features found in the companion, Okay for Now.
   Funny and heartbreaking
It was a great story, and I'm a full grown adult. I think it would be great for middle school ages, but I suspect adults and older kids would enjoy it too. There are scenes that made me laugh out loud and scenes that made me cry, Sosa said. A generous gesture of compassion, Witty said. The book tells the story of Holling, a seventh-grade boy at the time, and his school year in 1967-68. It's a story about starting to grow up, learning that life isn't black and white, and learning to love Shakespeare, Raymond said. It's mostly about Holling and his teacher, Mrs. Baker, who start out as antagonists, but end up as good friends. Mrs. Baker needs a kiss, Mrs. Baker tells her friends.
I bought this for my son because I was worried he would not read it. It pushes political agenda and is completely inappropriate for this age." I detest people pushing any political agendas on kids before they are able to make their own decisions, Hollingworth said.
   A Great Read
For all of you who remember your junior high years in high school this is a must read. Next year, you will find yourself taking your seat back in junior high. It's just that you will laugh and you will cry. Several more copies are expected. In "The Baker's English," Mrs. Baker says, "everyone should have a wonderful English teacher." If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. I found myself reading it between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., sometimes even after midnight. When I came to the last page, I wished that the story wouldn't be over.
   Awesome book
Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Star" series, "Based on the Book Not the Seller." The DVD was never received. Note the reference to the reference book: "Daughter borrowed from the library." The book itself is a great story and would definitely recommend it to anyone.