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.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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!
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!
This book has ended up as a favorite of my sons (13 & 9). We have listened to it several times. It makes them laugh. I laugh too, but also cry. Schmidt's stories are well-aimed at the middle-school reader, but are also wonderful for adult readers. He addresses tough issues involving family, racism, war, etc., but always ends his books with redemption.
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!!!!!!!
Charming, heart-warming, endearing. Holling is trying to find out who he is against a backdrop of social change. It's fun to follow him on his journey. Narrator is superb!
This book was really fun to listen to. It's really relatable. ^-^ I really think you should read it! Very nicely written unlike other sloppily written teen books out there. This book should be more popular! The characters seem so real.
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