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The Wednesday Wars

by Gary D. Schmidt

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Series: Doug Swieteck

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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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All of the events in the book had almost a too perfect resolution. It was a bit hard to believe that a 7th grader would read and understand Shakespeare without some guidance. Were kids smarter in 1968? The parents were a horror show in their absence from their kids lives. ( )
  Dairyqueen84 | Mar 15, 2022 |
Love love love this book. I want to be Mrs. Baker--she is the perfect teacher. Nice coming-of-age story...if Holling Hoodhood (the protagonist) was older, I'd lobby to teach this instead of Catcher in the Rye. Way more hopeful but with similar themes. Loved it! ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
Amazing. I had forgotten that books could make you think like this. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Funny and charming, though a little bit sad. My 12 year old son and I loved it. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
Holling Hoodhood is sure his teacher hates him and is picking on him. This book is about Holling’s relationships with friends, teachers, and family members. It is also about Holling finding out who he is. Schmidt is talented at introducing readers and his characters to new things that may challenge old beliefs. For example, in this book, Holling discovers that Shakespeare might not be so bad. this book is a Newbery Award Winner.
  DaynaVH | Jul 19, 2021 |
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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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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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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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