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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Apr 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: juvenile, historical-fiction, coming-of-age, linda-would-like
Read from August 07 to 12, 2010

I know the old saying is "don't just a book by it's cover", but honestly, this book's cover doesn't do it justice at all! The cover is boring and retro, and although the story is set in the 60s, it is anything but boring. The protagonist is a charming, witty and believable 7th grade boy who is dealing with distant parents and the changing of the world around him. The title comes from the premise that 1/2 of his class goes to Catechism every Wednesday afternoon, and the other 1/2 goes to Hebrew school, and as the only Presbyterian in his class, he is stuck with the teacher . . . alone. She eventually starts him reading Shakespeare, and his commentaries about the Bard as well as about life around him are laugh-out-loud funny sometimes. I highly recommend this book. I should have known it would be good, as my friend Ann never steers me wrong.

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message 1: by Ann (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ann Lynn I'm so glad you liked it, Cathy! Did I recommend "Trouble," also by Gary Schmidt, to you? It's not as funny as this one, but it's good.

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