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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Jul 09, 08

Read in January, 2008

I enjoyed this book and thought it did a good job of relating a condition of feeling like an outsider without using race or ethnicity. Instead, the main character feels left out because on Wednesday afternoons, half of his class leaves to go to the Catholic church and the other half leaves to go to the synagogue. He's Presbyterian, so he gets to stay put with the teacher, who he has determined is out to get him...hence the Wednesday wars. Maybe I'm a little partial because I'm Presbyterian and grew up in a town where everyone seemed to be either Baptist or Methodist, leaving me feeling much like a religious outsider...still Protestant, but not the "right kind" per the town's norms.

I will also say that because of this, I found one of my all-time favorite quotes: "Let me tell you, when Presbyterians start to dance on the front stoop, you know something big has happened."
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