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The Wednesday Wars

by Gary D. Schmidt

In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. THE WEDNESDAY WARS is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year.Meet Holling...

In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. THE WEDNESDAY WARS is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year.

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.

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Hardcover - 264 pages - $16.99
ISBN: 0618724834 (ISBN13: 9780618724833)
Published May 21, 2007 by Clarion Books
First published 2007

why I requested this book

I just finished reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and this is a book she recommends for the classroom library. The main goal is to get my library out...

I just finished reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and this is a book she recommends for the classroom library. The main goal is to get my library out of the dark ages and get kids interested in reading.

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I teach English Language Arts.

I teach English Language Arts.

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