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ISBN:0545178134
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
ISBN13: 978-0547237602
Title: The Wednesday Wars
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Language: English
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 18, 2009)
Pages: 272

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt



The Wednesday Wars book. 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 te In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D.

The Wednesday Wars is a 2007 young adult historical fiction novel written by Gary D. Schmidt, the author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. The novel is set in suburban Long Island during the 1967–68 school year. The Vietnam War is an important backdrop for the novel. It was given a Newbery Honor medal in 2008, and was also nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award in 2010.

10 of 10: As good a book as you could find anywhere, The Wednesday Wars is the book I would give to every person I know. A few weeks, while we were in Utah, Bart’s dad asked me to give him a list of five really great YA/children books. This book was on that list.

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday wars, by Gary D. Schmidt. p. cm. Summary: During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his. classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling. Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom, where they read the plays of William. She opened the lowest drawer of her desk. She pulled out an ancient black book to match the ancient green book, and blew away cobwebs from it. Then she brought the black book to my desk and thumped it down. It smelled of must and dust. The plays of William Shakespeare," said Mrs. Baker, "which can never be boring to the true soul.

My senior year of college, I went to the Faith and Writing Conference at Calvin College. He’s engaging, thoughtful, and funny, with two Newbery Honors to boot, including one for The Wednesday Wars. If I knew then what I knew no. ’d at least have gotten a signed book or somethin. lass Stuff: Grades: Maybe 6-8? Knowing a little Shakespeare helps, but I don’t think it’s crucial.

The Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Published in the United States by Sandpiper, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Summary: During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom, where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. 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?

While Lizzie Bright was set in early-1900s rural Maine, The Wednesday Wars takes place in a Long Island suburb and is full of the atmosphere of the late 1960s ( We listened to Walter Cronkite report on the new casualty figures from Vietnam, and how the air war was being widened ).

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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.

Reviews: 7
Rasmus
Bought this book after reading it because my wife and I felt it was worth having. Actually, I listened to the audiobook, but my wife actually read it. The story has a little bit of everything. It follows the adventures of a young teenage boy dealing with life and trying to figure out who he wants to be. The adventures cover the school year and range from the comedic escape of the class rats to the emotional growth required when one's hero dies. It has pranks, Shakespeare, and political issues, but everything is well balanced and suitable for even young audiences.

After buying this copy, we listen to it as a family while my 10 year old read along. The 5 year old didn't quite grasp the more serious concepts, but enjoyed it anyway. As for me, it was still entertaining to listen to again. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, fun read or as something that can spark discussions for a book club. I don't think you would be disappointed.
Felhann
This book was assigned as extra credit for my granddaughter's 5th grade class. It was pretty long so I told her, she could read a page and I would read two.
The book is a great book. It is funny and the dialogue flows nicely. It is mostly believable from one who grew up in the time period. It is 1967 and 1968 with several historical events and national tragedies included as background to the storyline. There is a lot of depth to this book including heroes and people with serious character flaws, family dynamics with teenage rebellion and redemption, character growth and triumphs and a bit of Shakespeare to parallel the narrative.
I bought a second copy and gave it as a gift to an adult. I would highly recommend this book.
Kerdana
I loved this book. It is marketed as a children's book and it won a much deserved Newbery Honor. It is from a 7th grade boy's perspective during 1967-1968 (Vietnam War and the assassinations) while learning Shakespeare. It has so many little tidbits to think about. Tidbits like:

"But perfect or not, it was hard living in between."

"We read The Merchant of Venice the next Wednesday, too, and finished it on the last Wednesday of October. After we closed our books, Mrs. Baker asked me to discuss the character of Shylock. “He isn’t really a villain,” I said, “is he?” “No,” said Mrs. Baker, “he isn’t.” “He’s more like someone who wants...” “Who wants what, Mr. Hoodhood?” “Someone who wants to become who he’s supposed to be,” I said. Mrs. Baker considered that. “And why couldn’t he?” she asked. “Because they wouldn’t let him. They decided he had to be a certain way, and he was trapped. He couldn’t be anything except for what he was,” I said. “And that is why the play is called a tragedy,” said Mrs. Baker."

"At the happy ending of The Tempest, Prospero brings the king back together with his son, and finds Miranda’s true love, and punishes the bad duke, and frees Ariel, and becomes a duke himself again. Everyone—except for Caliban—is happy, and everyone is forgiven, and everyone is fine, and they all sail away on calm seas. Happy endings. That’s how it is in Shakespeare. But Shakespeare was wrong. Sometimes there isn’t a Prospero to make everything fine again. And sometimes the quality of mercy is strained."

“Shakespeare did not write for your ease of reading,” she said. No kidding, I thought. “He wrote to express something about what it means to be a human being in words more beautiful than had ever yet been written.”Mrs. Baker looked at me for a long moment. Then she went and sat back down at her desk. “That we are made for more than power,” she said softly. “That we are made for more than our desires. That pride combined with stubbornness can be disaster. And that compared with love, malice is a small and petty thing.”
Vudojar
*Spoilers Alert* I finally bought this book for my kindle after Amazon kept recommending it. I thought since it had won an award that it was for elementary school kids. I am glad that I read it and am now reading a second book by the author. As others have stated there is no evil to overcome or goal to achieve it is simply the story of the life of a middle school boy during the late sixties. This puts the protagonist only a couple of years older than myself but I can relate to watching the Vietnam War on the evening news and thinking after high school that is where I would be. The book reminds me of the movie Ordinary People with Mary Tyler Moore who I thought before watching the movie would be the good guy since it was MTM and she was the mom. That is how the dad is in this book as it goes along you begin to see what a jerk he is. There is no big confrontation or physical fight with his dad but you and the character sees him for what he is. I guess the central theme of the book is his relationship with his teacher Mrs. Baker who when the book starts he thinks she hates him but throughout the course of the book their relationship grows stronger thru reading Shakespeare together. My only disappointment in the book was at the end when his father refuses to go pick up his daughter in New York City after she ran away. The protagonist gets his girlfriends father to drop him off there at the bus station in NY to retrieve her. I thought that was anti-climatic and would have been much better if he had been forced to ask Mrs. Baker to take him and would have solidify their relationship.