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The Wednesday Wars | [Gary D. Schmidt]

The Wednesday Wars

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. 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.
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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.

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 can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? Rats, for one thing; cream puff, for another. Then there's Doug Swieteck's brother. And that's just for starters....

©2007 Gary D. Schmidt; (P)2007 Scholastic Inc.

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    Michele LA JOLLA, CA, United States 01-08-13
    Michele LA JOLLA, CA, United States 01-08-13
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    "Best Book!"
    What did you love best about The Wednesday Wars?

    It wasn't predictable. The characters were so interesting & you felt like you knew them. This was a great book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hollingsworth, because you felt for him. We cheered when it went well for him & was sad when it didn't.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Johnstone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 01-02-13
    Donald SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wednesday Wars the most enjoyable?

    I usually don't enjoy books written for younger readers, but this one has enough mature elements to make it highly enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    Both.


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    Sigal 11-05-12
    Sigal 11-05-12
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    "A tears and laughter novel"
    What did you love best about The Wednesday Wars?

    The performance competes for first place for me with the actual novel. Joel Johnstone reads in completely believable voices, often dripping sarcasm. Love Danny's breaking voice! And the novel is a masterpiece. I loved it. It's touching and funny and serious and smart all at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wednesday Wars?

    It would be a spoiler, but it has to do with miracles and strawberries.


    Which character – as performed by Joel Johnstone – was your favorite?

    I think Holling is my favorite, though I loved Mrs. Baker, Holling's dad, and Danny too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. For anyone over age 9. Truly a great book.

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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-12-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "2008 Newberry Honor Book... delightful 60's romp"

    I kept thinking what fun it would be to listen to this while driving cross-country with a car load of middle school kids. Creative, interesting and just plain fun as you watch the relationship between Holling and Mrs Baker evolve over the course of the year as they explore the works of Shakespeare. Set in 1967 with all its political turmoil... Vietnam and Martin Luther King... Beatles and flower children. Nice job Mr. Schmidt!

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-06-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2010

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    "a year in the life of a 7th grader in 1967"

    This is a story of one year in the life of Holling Hoodhood, a 7th Grade boy in 1967. There is no single plot to drive this story, but rather it's a series of interconnected anecdotes from that year. The writing is great and I enjoyed the stories and characters. The relationship between Holling and his teacher is central to the novel. Holling's father is a stereotypically conservative father of that era, and was almost too much. I liked how history is interwoven in this story. Also central - Shakespeare. Holling's teacher makes him read many plays. While I sort of enjoyed that as an adult, I had a hard time believing a 7th grade boy would connect so well with The Bard. I suspended my belief and chose to enjoy that, too, but I wonder how a 12 year old reader would relate to that. As a man who was 12 years old myself in 1967, this novel captured the era with heart and humor, and I liked it.

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    DEBORAH HENNAGIR HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 08-18-08
    DEBORAH HENNAGIR HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 08-18-08 Member Since 2004
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    "The Wednesday Wars"

    Fnny and reflective of the 1970's.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 04-17-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 04-17-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A Good Book for Youngsters"

    This was a good book with a cute idea, but it got tedious to listen to. I taught 6th and 7th grade reading for a number of years, and read many of the greatest novels written for this age group. This is not one of the greatest, but I believe it would hold the interest of many children of that age. For me personally, I found my mind wandering often.

    Although I can recommend it to young readers, i won't be going on my all-time favorites list.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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