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.
It is rare when an excellent book is combined with a suitably excellent narrator. I've listened to many books and this is one of the best narrators that I've listened to. He is perfect for the book because his Holling voice sounds young yet his vivid voices provides faces of the book characters.
A quick review in Amazon will show you that this is an excellent book to read, however, I think that it is even better to listen to it as an audiobook because of the wit and some of the Shakespeare lines.
Before I listened to the book I thought it was about smart alec kid who outwitted his teachers and I was previewing it for my son because it did get high reviews. It's not, it's about a kid who it just doing his best. Holling (our young protagonist) is a thoroughly well-rounded character who is Every Boy. During the book, his experiences with his teachers, friends and family mature him and we laugh at some of his missteps and thoughts along the way.
I highly recommend it.
This book surprised me. A 7th grade boy in 1968 going to school. It started out just as cute as I expected, but by the end it had turned into something much deeper. It addressed the social issues of Vietnam, religious prejudice, love of money over family, marriage and family relations, and reaching your potential. All of these were addressed in a way that a 7th grader and an adult could laugh and cry at. This is a great book. I will probably read this one with my kids on the next road trip. There is a lot to laugh about and a lot to talk about.
We still have about an hour left of this book and are SO wishing it wouldn't end. My daughters (7 and 11) have been listening with me in the car as we commute and there have been times I almost needed to pull off the road. I laughed so hard I was crying. Then there are poignant moments, so sweet and heart wrenching -- and I cried for them too. I'm not especially weepy; this is just a really good book. My daughters have already read a good bit of Shakespeare, but this inspired them to read more and go back to some favorites. They loved the Caliban curses: Toads, beetles, bats!
I enjoyed this book. You won't forget the characters created by the author, Gary D. Schmidt. The situations that Holling Hoodhood would get into were so funny and believable.
It was fun not knowing what was going to happen next in the story.
Excellent narration by Joel Johnstone.
holling is in the7th grade. he and mrs.baker is reading shakspear.
reading shakspear will have some changes or not?
holling has some problems. his family and teachers and cross_country races.
and there's almost no possibility he could survive. will he?
Most of my students enjoyed the book. There are several moments when you, the reader, laugh out loud.
My 6th grade English classes absolutely love the characters and story of The Wednesday Wars. Joel Johnstone brings this novel to life; one of the best readings I've ever heard!
Holling Hoodhood, the protagonist, is unforgettable as a boy trying to figure out just who he's supposed to be in this world.
Mai Thi--her accent was hilarious!
Holling Hoodhood's fateful meeting with Mickey Mantle was particularly moving, "When gods die, they die hard." So true.
I have purchased all of Gary D. Schmidt's titles as a result of reading this novel. They are outstanding reads for ages 11+.
Adults as well as kids can enjoy this amusing book, especially if you remember 1968. The classic struggles of 7th grade are set against a changing world background. But some things, like the power of Shakespeare and of friendship are constant.
When things go wrong in the world, there are a few very precious things that I count on to reliably bring comfort and humor on even the darkest of days. I can now add The Wednesday Wars to this very short list. Listening to this book was a beautiful experience, and I know I will return to it again and again. Give yourself a gift.... Listen to Joel Johnstone narrate this remarkable book. You will smile, cry, and believe in miracles.
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