Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Wednesday Wars

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday wars. New York: Clarion Books, 2007. Print.

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2008 Newbery Honor Book
2008 ALA Notable Children's Book
2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
2007 Booklist Editors Choice
2007 Book Sense Award Finalist

Annotation: It’s 1967 America and Holling Hoodhood is having a really hard time in seventh grade – family, Shakespeare, cream puffs, and Mrs. Baker – and he’s not sure if he’ll survive.

Book talk: In 1967 America is engaged in the Vietnam War, and Holling Hoodhood is conducting his own battle with seventh grade. Because Holling is neither Catholic nor Jewish, he must spend his Wednesday afternoons studying with Mrs. Baker, his English teacher, rather than attending church or synagogue. Even worse, he and Mrs. Baker are studying Shakespeare. And worst yet, Mrs. Baker hates his guts.

But Wednesday afternoons are not Holling’s only problem. He is also dealing with a hippie older sister, cream puffs, yellow tights, and Doug Swieteck’s older brother, just to name a few. However, there are also moments of sheer delight in Holling’s world, like baseball with Joe Pepitone and Horace Clarke, and figuring out that Meryl Lee is actually kind of nice.

ISBN:  9780618724833   

Subject Headings: Coming of age – Fiction, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Plays – Fiction, Junior high schools – Fiction, Family life – Long Island (N.Y.) – Fiction   

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