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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Feb 03, 11

Read from November 26, 2010 to February 03, 2011

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt is a fun, quick read which, although aimed at young adult readers, I thoroughly enjoyed.

Holling Hoodhood is the only Protestant in his junior high school where, on Wednesday afternoons, the Catholics go to catechism and the Jewish kids go to Hebrew School. Holling is assigned to Mrs. Baker’s room where she gives him increasingly challenging assignments from dusting erasers and cleaning the rats’ cage to reading Shakespeare. The plot contains a socially pretentious father, missing rats, cream puffs, the Vietnam War, a girl, a bully, Shakespeare, and more. After a series of misadventures and serious moments, Holling winds up being a reluctant Ariel in The Tempest-- tights, yellow feathers, and all.

Among its many other awards, this book was a Newberry Honor Winner in 2008.

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