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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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    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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-15-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-15-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "I love this audiobook!"
    What did you love best about The Wednesday Wars?

    The way Mrs. Baker took Holling under her wing and improved his life. I especially enjoyed Mrs. Baker taking him to the 1968 opening day game at Yankee stadium when his dad failed to show up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holling, of course. The story is about him. But Mrs. Baker shares the role of my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After the game at Yankee stadium followed closely by the second escape of the rats. Oh, and Heather's return home.


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

    Lieutenant Barker's telegram to Mrs. Baker.


    Any additional comments?

    Joel Jonhstone is a fabulous narrator. He was as good narrating Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.

    I read lots of books intended for children and teens as I share my second childhood with my grandchildren's first. The Wednesday Wars has lots of very funny parts, but it also has some very serious aspects. The serious parts include the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the Cold War fears and defense drills, and the Vietnam war. The novel is set in late 1967 and the first 6 months of1968 with Holling Hoodhod in the 7th grade with Mrs. Baker being his teacher.

    This is a great story for children and adults.

    5 of 7 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

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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


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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!!!!!!!

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    Bluedog78 03-22-17
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    "BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN"

    I listened to this book all night and could not turn it off! This is a must read for all people

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    "This story is so funny"

    It's a funny book and so worth your time, I laughed so hard, the narrator is perfect for it and really brings the story to life, and like I said, it is a great book!

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    John Hizer 01-06-17
    John Hizer 01-06-17 Member Since 2016

    Favs: sci-fi, fantasy, historic, mystery, suspense, classics, non-fiction, and a few westerns. I read a lot of YA (cleaner lang/less smut).

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    "Great!"

    I read the book ages ago and enjoyed hearing it aloud, with the names pronounced correctly.

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