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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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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 12-19-08
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Funny and well-written"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 10-23-10
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book for all ages"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader Mama California 02-03-10
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    "Fantastic book for kids and adults"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H. Hayes Florida, USA 03-17-14
    H. Hayes Florida, USA 03-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Middle schoolers LOVE this audiobook!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holling Hoodhood, the protagonist, is unforgettable as a boy trying to figure out just who he's supposed to be in this world.


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

    Mai Thi--her accent was hilarious!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Holling Hoodhood's fateful meeting with Mickey Mantle was particularly moving, "When gods die, they die hard." So true.


    Any additional comments?

    I have purchased all of Gary D. Schmidt's titles as a result of reading this novel. They are outstanding reads for ages 11+.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin MADISON, WI, United States 03-04-14
    Robin MADISON, WI, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny and touching for all ages"

    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.

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    tshoulie Millville, MA United States 01-25-14
    tshoulie Millville, MA United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A treasure"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RoseAnna Vernal, UT, United States 04-27-13
    RoseAnna Vernal, UT, United States 04-27-13
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    "Loved It!!"
    What did you love best about The Wednesday Wars?

    This was a sweet story. It's amazing how the author makes you fall in love with the characters and you don't even know it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. C Missouri 03-21-13
    Mrs. C Missouri 03-21-13 Member Since 2009
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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.


    0 of 0 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 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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