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The Wednesday Wars Audiobook
The Wednesday Wars
Written by: 
Gary D. Schmidt
Narrated by: 
Joel Johnstone
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The Wednesday Wars Audiobook

The Wednesday Wars

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Publisher's Summary

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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    BostonJohn Tampa 05-23-16
    BostonJohn Tampa 05-23-16
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    "A return to the wonder years"
    Where does The Wednesday Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What other book might you compare The Wednesday Wars to and why?

    I cannot compare it to any books I have read recently.


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

    No


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

    Yes, if I had the time. This book is an outstanding listen especially for those who were teenagers in the 1960s. It is funny, poignant, and nostalgic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Lyon 05-21-16 Member Since 2015

    I am a woman who loves to read and to listen to books. I want to be entertained and taken to another place when I listen..

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    "A completely wonderful story!!!!"

    This story will make you laugh out loud and cry too! It takes you to another time and makes you remember junior high the good and the bad...and I sure wish I had a teacher as wonderful as Mrs Baker!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth S. Tulsa, OK 08-27-15
    Beth S. Tulsa, OK 08-27-15 Member Since 2016

    Mom of Special Child

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    "Great read"

    First read of this author. Enjoyed the storyline and the perspective of the 60's. Narration good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. C Missouri 03-21-13
    Mrs. C Missouri 03-21-13 Listener Since 2009

    I'm a high school librarian.

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    "Made me laugh and think."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wednesday Wars to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would rather listen to this story, it it funny and that comes across better in the audio.


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

    Holling being convinced that the teacher hated him--she actually might have, he was the only one in her classroom every afternoon.


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

    First one for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "😏"

    I had to read this book for school and I thought that I would hate it but it actually wasn't so bad. I like realistic fiction and I thought this was more of a s Science type book but it wasn't. It took place long ago but it was written in like this time! I think that you will enjoy this!!!!!!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAPSLOCK 07-17-16
    CAPSLOCK 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great family listen"

    We loved listening to this book on a recent road trip. Everyone in the car, young and old, enjoyed it in different ways. We all talked about changes in education as my seventh grade son hasn't ever diagrammed a sentence and camping and the different freedoms I had as a youth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth L. Corbett Horseheads, New York United States 07-16-16
    Elizabeth L. Corbett Horseheads, New York United States 07-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Relevant"

    Great story, great narrator. Relevant to us all with the turmoil we're experiencing now. I highly recommend this for kids around 10 or 11 and all adults.

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    Laurie D CA 07-06-16
    Laurie D CA 07-06-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Pitch Perfect Narration"

    I highly recommend this book on audio. The book itself is wonderful but Joel Johnston's narration breathes life into each character. I love this audio book and recommend it to everyone (several family and friends have listened and loved it as well).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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