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The Wednesday Wars

by Gary D. Schmidt

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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.

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Newbery honor book. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
An OK book. Personally, I had trouble getting through the start, as it was very slow. However, the rest of the book was OK. ( )
  Thomms12 | Jan 17, 2020 |
4 1/2 stars ( )
  Sparrowgirl | Dec 21, 2019 |
Enjoyed this very much. Like Richard Peck without the dripping nostalgia and moralizing.

Terrible covers and title, though. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
What a completely unexpected delight! The book starts off with a 7th grader who thinks his teacher hates him. I wasn’t that interested in the premise. What develops from that is so much more. A boy who discovers Shakespeare, the power of kindness and standing up to bullies, first crushes, and finding yourself, all against the backdrop of the Vietnam war and the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and MLKJ. It’s a surprisingly powerful little gem and Mrs. Baker will forever be one of my favorite literary teachers now. ( )
  bookworm12 | Nov 27, 2019 |
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For Sally Bulthuis and Camille De Boer and for all the gentle souls of Pooh's Corner, who, with grace and wisdom and love, bring children and books together.
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Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun.
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Holling Hoodhood is really in for it. He's just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows is out to get him. Why else would she make him read Shakespeare...outside class? The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things to worry about, especially Vietnam. Then there's the family business. As far as Holling's father is concerned, the Hoodhoods need to be on their best behavior: the success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it. But how cna Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? Rats, for one thing; cream puffs, for another. Then there's Doug Swieteck's brother. And Ariel's costume" tights. That's just for starters. In a series of mishaps and adventures over the course of the school year, fate sneaks up on Holling again and again. (ARC)
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