The Wednesday Wars

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 18, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - DanielleMD - LibraryThing

This book had its funny parts, but overall I thought it was a sweet book about a boy and his teacher learning to respect and to like each other. There were also heavy elements of the social change and war going on in America in the 1960s. Read full review

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User Review  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

I picked this up after hearing an author talk because Gary Schmidt was a gifted, interesting storyteller in real life. You know what? He is here, too. Funny, poignant, never quite as predictable as this coming-of-age books can be. Strongly recommend. Read full review

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Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of Okay For Now, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.