Wednesday Wars

Wednesday Wars

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In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt tells the witty and compelling story of a teenage boy who feels that fate has it in for him, during the school year 1968-68. Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood isn't happy. He is sure his new teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. Holling's domineering father is obsessed with his business image and disregards his family. Throughout the school year, Holling strives to get a handle on the Shakespeare plays Mrs. Baker assigns him to read on his own time, and to figure out the enigmatic Mrs. Baker. As the Vietnam War turns lives upside down, Holling comes to admire and respect both Shakespeare and Mrs. Baker, who have more to offer him than he imagined. And when his family is on the verge of coming apart, he also discovers his loyalty to his sister, and his ability to stand up to his father when it matters most.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 458.13g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0618724834
  • 9780618724833
  • 1,115,351

Review quote

Schmidt, whose LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY won both Printz and Newbery Honors, delivers another winner...deeply satisfying. Publishers Weekly, Starred Schmidt ... [gets] to the emotional heart of every scene without overstatement ... another virtuoso turn by the author of LIZZIE BRIGHT. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Schmidt...makes the implausible believable and the everyday momentous...a gentle, hopeful, moving story. Booklist, ALA, Starred Review Schmidt rises above the novel's conventions to create memorable and believable characters. Horn Book, Starred [An] entertaining and nuanced novel.... There are laugh-out-loud moments that leaven the many poignant ones. School Library Journal An accessible, humorous school story, and at the same time, an insightful coming-of-age tale. Bookpage Fans of ... LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY may be pleasantly surprised to see Schmidt's lighter, even sillier side. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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37,036 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 40% (14,885)
4 37% (13,780)
3 16% (6,026)
2 4% (1,611)
1 2% (734)
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