Teen Scene

JULY 30, 2007
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

If you've read my past blogs about Gary Schmidt's books, you know I love the books this guy writes! This book is no exception. It is hands-down the best book I have read this year and I would predict a good candidate to win several awards. This story takes place in 1967 and follows Holling Hoodhood as he enters the 7th grade. At his school in Long Island, the Jewish kids leave school on Wednesday afternoons to attend Hebrew School and the Catholic kids leave for Catechism. This leaves Holling, the only one in his class attending neither Hebrew School or Catechism, alone with his teacher who he is sure hates him. She assigns him Shakespeare to read every Wednesday afternoon. What she doesn't know is that he ends up loving it! The reader follows Holling through his school year in this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking novel with the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Highly recommended for teens in grades 6-10. 

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Miss Jennifer said, on Feb. 23 at 11:34AM
This book won a 2008 John Newbery Honor Award.

 

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