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The Wave

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  8,405 ratings  ·  864 reviews
This story is based on an actual incident that occurred in a school history class in California - a classroom experiment that went too far. Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of 'the wave' and realize they must stop it before it's too late.
Paperback, 149 pages
Published 2007 by Puffin Books (first published 1981)
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Kerri No. Its realistic fiction I would say as it is based off of a true story but dramatized and all the characters are made up.
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Joel
I read this book while on a family trip to Washington, D.C., shortly after visiting the Holocaust museum (which is, in fact, where my mom bought it -- in the gift shop -- and is it weird that the Holocaust museum has a gift shop? Even if the proceeds go to the museum?).

Perhaps that wasn't the best time to pick up a book that seeks to grossly oversimplify how fascism can slowly creep up and overtake a society of otherwise well-meaning people, but what with the blatant metaphors and bad, bad dialo
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Kim
“Laurie Sanders sat in the publications office at Gordon High School chewing on the end of a Bic pen. She was a pretty girl with short light-brown hair and an almost perpetual smile that only disappeared when she was upset or chewing on Bic pens. Lately she’d been chewing on a lot of pens. In fact, there wasn’t a single pen or pencil in her pocketbook that wasn’t worn down on the butt end from nervous gnawing. Still, it beat smoking. “

Thus begins The Wave.

Can we break apart that paragraph, pleas
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This book, written under the pen name of Morton Rhue in the United States, is a novelisation of the telemovie of the same name, which was based on a short story by Ron Jones about a real event.

In 1969 a high school history teacher, Ben Ross, was working in a small "all-American" town teaching his class of grade 12 students about the second World War. After showing them a film on Adolf Hitler, the Nazis and concentration camps, his students couldn't understand why the German people hadn't realise
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Cinnamonhopes
This book is scary. Honestly.

It's not a horror story, it's not the kind of novel where monsters come jumping out the closet; or at least not the green googley-eyed kind. This is a true story which I was told not to read because the subject matter was too old for me.

When I first read The Wave, I had no comprehension of why it was scary. Bad things happened, but it was more or less ok in the end. It wasn't until I was older, and had a better grasp of world history, social psychology, and a true ab
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Brandy
A compelling story about how Nazi Germany could have been created--how the minority controlled the majority, and how the majority allowed themselves to be controlled. It's based on the true story of The Third Wave experiment, which demonstrated fascism as a part of teaching about WWII.

But the writing of this book. Oh, the writing. It hurts. It should be noted that in tiny print on the copyright page, it does note that this is a novelization of a teleplay that was an adaptation of the original t
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Fatima Gonzalez
Excelente!!!! es la historia de un experimento que se realizo en una escuela secundaria en California en 1967. La trama gira alrededor del profesor Burt Ross, profesor de historia, desea instruir de manera diferente lo que es " La autocracia". Este planifico una serie de clases en las que presento los elementos para este tipo de metodologia politica: espiritu de grupo, sentimiento de comunidad, ideales comunes, disciplina y ayuda mutua. En apenas unos dias el experimento toma vida y lo que comen ...more
Alona
3.5 stars
It was a very frightening read, my stomach was in knots and I felt sick from the idea alone.
I know that it is BASED on true events, but I find it hard to believe that it happened so fast!
5 days? Really? Is that what it takes to create a monster?

The writing is OK, but I expected more from it.
BUT, a very important read, and I'm glad it is a must read in many schools around the globe.
History can repeat it self if we are not careful.
Andrew
Perhaps not a book to use in the primary school classroom, but a story that serves as a cautionary tale to teachers and teaching.

A history teacher unable to fully explain the reasons behind how and why the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jews took place devises a social experiment involving the whole class.
The class are taught in a way that removes 'thinking' on their part and is a form of conditioning and control that resembles military training.
Other pupils in the school quickly want t
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Baelor
This book was recommended to me by a student I tutor in math. The version I have has the author's real name, Todd Strasser. It is accessible and relevant to all ages, although it is clearly geared toward young adults. In a sentence, the book explores the ease with which groups fall into extreme and destructive social dynamics and mindsets. The setting is a high school class studying the Nazis and skeptical about how the German populace able to follow such an evil political movement. Surprise! Th ...more
Eunji
'The Wave' by Todd Strasser is based on a true story of a high school in California. It expresses how humans can be so easily influenced by their surroundings, and how that could lead to terrible consequences. I would recommended this book to anyone interested in social behavior and psychology.
Realteenreviews
The Gist

The Wave is based on a true event in Palo Alto, California in 1969. A teacher and his senior history class are learning about World War II and the students don’t understand how people followed Hitler and why no one stood up to him. The teacher (Ben Ross) soon comes up with an experiment called The Wave to show the students how it was to live in Nazi Germany. The students and teacher soon get caught up in The Wave and only Laurie Saunders and David Collins realize what The Wave actually i
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Chibineko
In high school, everyone in my class said that they couldn't believe that so many German citizens went along with the atrocities of the Holocaust. They all claimed that if they'd been alive during that time, they'd have rebelled, they'd have saved Anne Frank... basically that they wouldn't have agreed to do it. It was around this same time that I picked up 'The Wave'. Knowing that it was real sent shivers down my spine. It still does to this day.

The book's plot surrounds a young teacher named Be
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Miss Bookiverse
Jan 22, 2010 Miss Bookiverse rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed "The War Between The Classes"
Shelves: gen-historical
Die Idee des Buches fand ich sehr gut. Ein Lehrer macht ein Rollenspiel mit seinen Schülern, um ihnen einen Sinn für Gemeinschaft zu vermitteln und auch um ihnen zu zeigen, was die Menschen damals zu nationalsozialistischen Handlungen bewegt haben könnte.
Aus dieser hervorragenden Basis hat der Autor leider absolut nichts gemacht. Sein Schreibstil war langweilig, einfallslos und nicht sehr ereignisreich. Gleiches galt für die Charaktere, eindimensional und sterbenslangweilig. Sie waren einfach nu
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Aviva
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Sarah
Mich persönlich hat das Buch eher enttäuscht. Obwohl ich den Film nicht kenne (dadurch also nicht voreingenommen bin), hatte ich von dem Buch etwas mehr erwartet. Mir fehlte einwenig die Spannung, ein wenig die Ernsthaftigkeit der Lage, die Eskalation...
Nichts von dem kam richtig rüber und das Buch bleibt für mich eines, das ich "einfach so" während einer Freistunde an der Uni angefangen - und auch zu Ende gelesen habe.
Danit
Danit Benjamin's book review of "The Wave" by Morton Rhue.
This book is based on a true story of an experiment carried out by Ben Ross, a history teacher in a high school in California. They were studying World War II. After being shown a documentary showing the atrocities the Nazis committed the students questioned how it was possible for 90% of the German people to allow this to happen.
Ben Ross decided to do an experiment to show the students how easily it could happen. He created a group call
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Bonastrebiel
The Wave is a 1981 young adult novel by Todd Strasser. Todd Strasser was born in 1950 in America who wrote more than 140 young-adult novels and many short stories and works of non-fiction, some under the pen name Morthon Rhue and T.S. Rue.
In the Wave, we can regard the way that a simple class test can finish in such a dramatically way. The book begins with only a class about 30 pupils which all of them become part of the Wave. Ben Ross wants to teach the class a lesson. This lesson cannot be tol
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Alexandra
Kann sich einer von Euch noch an den Film erinnern? Mir ist er sehr stark im Gedächtnis haften geblieben, denn er war einer der wenigen "lehrreichen" Filme, die in der Schule gezeigt wurden und mich auch tatsächlich gefesselt haben.

Von der Grundidee her ist das Werk grandios, denn es beschäftigt sich mit der immer interessanten Frage, wie ein faschistisches (intolerantes) System quasi aus dem Nichts entstehen kann. Es ist nicht durch den Führer sondern durch die vielen Mitläufer determiniert, di
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Ashleigh
I read this book as an assigned book report and wasnt quite sure if I would like it or not. To be completely honest, I picked it because of its title. The Wave. It sounded relaxing to me. However, when I actually read the book, I realized it wasnt about the waves in the ocean at all. It was a pleasant suprise to read something different. When you finish reading the book, you have that feeling like "wow. That ACTUALLY happened." Its very sad that this happened, but we have to learn from people's ...more
Theresa
What I like most about this book, is that it simply is true. Not only what horribly things are possible, but that you must stand up for yourself and who you are and what you believe in, even if that means being an outsider. So much bad happens and people say it’s not possible to do it again. Honestly, that one person could do so much harm and had to get the idea from somewhere, so what not possible again? Why is it insane? Why is this idea insane, if the others were too? If the idea creating a g ...more
Jequan
This book is about a true incident that occured in a high school in Palo Alto, California. In one of the histroy classes, teacher Ben Ross showed his students a video about the holocaust. After the video his students couldn't understand why the German people hadn't realised what was happening and done something to stop it. How could they not have known? The Nazis were a minority: why didn't they overthrow them? Ben couldnt answer his students questions, so after school he checked out a bunch of ...more
Erin
In the words of my sister: "I would say there's no way this could happen in real life, but that's what those kids said -- and this is a true story!"

Kids are brutal, and The Wave is a perfect example of how their intolerance for individuality can get out of hand when harnessed incorrectly. Like David Collins, I wish there really was a way to make kids (from the 10-year-olds who act like 16-year-olds to the 16-year-olds who act like 20-year-olds) pay attention in class, do their homework, and beha
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Dominic Newton
This book was previously a summer reading book that I actually read. I'm not much of a reader but this book was a really interesting book for many reasons. One reason was that it shows the peer-pressure high schoolers have to deal with when everyone is join a group for one purpose, to fit in. Another reason I was interested was because of what the book was about, the book is about a school teacher who wants to start a new way of learning a more hands on experience at first it seemed harmless, ki ...more
Steve
First off, let me say that my rating is not based on the quality of the writing of this book (which is good); it's a personal preference issue.

This book is fiction, but it's based on true events that happened in a California school in the late 1960's.

As an adult who has read too many books and watched too many movies, I have seen all the stories that have built on this story's structure in the decades since the original event took place, so there was not much that surprised me within the story
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Janette
Mr. Ross showed his history class a documentary on Hitler and the Holocaust, and really shook up his class. Many students couldn't believe the Nazi's mob mentality; others swore nothing like this could ever happen again. Mr. Ross tries an experiment called "The Wave," and slowly his history class starts to look like a military troop, and members of The Wave start to bully nonmembers. Intimidation floods the school, and the school acts more and more like Nazis then they could ever have imagined. ...more
Joe Mcgee
The Wave is based on a classroom experiment in Palo Alto, California in 1969. The main character is a girl named Laurie Saunders. She sees The Wave as it really is, it resembles Nazis and grows fast. The Wave is a good book to read in High school. I had a hard time getting past a few things in this book, since I am easily distracted. For instance, on page 94 it says, ” It had surprised Laurie that Amy had gone along with The Wave so far, but now Laurie was certain that as soon as Amy leanred abo ...more
Tara Lynn
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Trish
Found this book on the summer reading table for one of the school districts. It is based on a true story that happened back in 1969--in a high school. A history teacher tried an experiment called the wave, to see if he could replicate the circumstances that got so many people, and children involved in the Nazi movement in the 1930s. The premise for the story is a good one, although, I believe it is poorly written. There has been a movie made about it.... I would have preferred it not to have bee ...more
Lilys
This could have been a good book, really. And I was looking forward to reading it. But this is a typical idea of a good idea turning into something bad because of the writing style and the two dimensional. Sometimes I felt like that and I'm reading a high school essay.
Lacy
A super-fast, super simplistic novelization of an after-school special. It was on the "Required Reading" table at the bookstore, stacked alongside true classics - I can't imagine how it got there.
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