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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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For Grades: 7-8
Positive Worldview/Messages ***
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  GCMS | Jun 19, 2021 |
An excellent Newbery Honor book. This story contains a good balance of humor and drama. Holling has to deal with family drama and a difficult home life, but pushes forward to accomplish great things. This book is a great read for young adolescents and adults alike, and I see myself adding it to my middle school book library. I highly recommend it, five out of five stars. ( )
  RoaneRayL | Apr 30, 2021 |
Highly readable, wryly humorous with just the right amount of family drama. Holling is an unlikely hero. His remote, selfish father, ineffective mother and snotty older sister add not only background to his school-based troubles, but makes the reader cheer for his triumphs even more. ( )
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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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