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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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The Wednesday Wars

by Gary D. Schmidt

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The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt is an awesome book about Holling Hoodhood, a 7th Grader. ( )
  Mlfjeld | Feb 5, 2019 |
Holling is convinced that his seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Baker absolutely despises him. Holling knows he is different but has yet to uncover the world around him. He realizes that there has to be a reason behind everything and not everyone is who they're made out to be. ( )
  mckinzietangen | Feb 4, 2019 |
Holling Hoodhood thinks his new 7th grade teacher hates him, and he recounts all the little things she does that convinces him this is so. But he gradually realizes that Shakespeare isn't necessarily the horrible punishment he first thought, that bullies aren't always one-sided evil beings, that parents can be flawed but still good, and that first impressions of 7th grade teachers are not always completely accurate. All this within the background of the Vietnam War, the fate of MLK and Bobby Kennedy, and a sister who wants to be a flower child.
Matilda meets A Christmas Story. I enjoyed this one immensely. ( )
  electrascaife | Jul 19, 2018 |
I listened to this book on tape &, while I, former English teacher that I am, thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age in 1967 Long Island story, I found the CD narrator's solidly middle western accent distracting. Holling Hoodhood's solidly 7th grade accent was terrific. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
I listened to this book on tape &, while I, former English teacher that I am, thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age in 1967 Long Island story, I found the CD narrator's solidly middle western accent distracting. Holling Hoodhood's solidly 7th grade accent was terrific. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
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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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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.

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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"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 classrooom, where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in."--T.p. verso.… (more)

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