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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Feb 29, 12

bookshelves: boys, historical-fiction, humor, middle-grade, read-in-2012, reader-s-advisory
Read from February 16 to 29, 2012

Check this review out and others on my blog: Get Real.

Had to stop on this book for a bit due to the necessity to finish materials from other libraries with shorter due dates, so I was afraid I would lose touch with what was happening, but Gary Schmidt is such a good writer that you don't need to worry. He has a great sense of continuity throughout the chapters that catch you up and reorient you without being exhaustive and repetitive. This is along the same lines as Okay for Now - historical fiction with a narrative voice alternating between sarcastic and anxious and references to some aspect of art, literature, culture to give the book perspective and an anchor.

While Okay for Now used the drawings of John J. Audubon as symbols for Doug Swieteck's journey through adolescence, The Wednesday Wars uses Shakespeare in the same way. The latter is far more referential to the Vietnam War but without swallowing the book in minutiae about the event itself. Holling Hoodhood isn't quite as cool or tough or deep as Doug Swieteck but he's an authentic voice with a lot to say and come to terms with.

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