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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: why-yes-i-ya, readventurer-made-me-do-it
Read from July 13 to 14, 2012

this is my second book for the readventurer challenge.

this book is very...sweet. and ordinarily,a sweet book would make me feel like i had chiggers or something else foul crawling under my skin, and its earnest gee-whizzery would make me feel unclean just because of my mental rolodex of words that are more satisfying to say in moments of astonishment or crisis than "gee whiz."

but this one was different. this one was entirely wholesome, yeah, but wholesome and satisfying like fresh-baked bread, and i didn't want to roll my eyes at all.

this book is many things, but for me, the best part is the inspirational-teacher aspect of it. i loved the way holling's character changed under mrs. baker's ministrations; how his worldview expanded through shakespeare as he was able to find parallels between the stories of shakespeare and the trials facing him in his own life.he went from a boy who was scared of his teacher and believed everyone was against him, to a confident, articulate boy who found the strength to stand up to his father,fight injustice and face his fears.

my only complaint is that there isn't much in the way of dramatic tension. you learn pretty early on that any time something negative could happen, it is like there is a teflon bubble of groovy sixties optimism that just protects him from bad times. and this despite the backdrop of the vietnam war. but it is middle grade, and who wants to make a ten-year-old cry, right? but- yeah - it is pretty forrest gumpy, down to the running and everything. but it means well, and it is a sweet story that i am glad i read.

i will make this review make more sense later - right now my brain is completely melted.
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Hilary Ooooh. Good stuff. :)

karen oh, i really liked it!

Hilary I've heard excellent things about the 'sequel' book to this one, just have yet to get around to reading it... Might grab it Monday, since you've brought it up in my mind again!

karen i have to read it for my challenge - we will be reading it togeeeeeether!

Hilary Most excellent :) It's always fun to read something with a friend. I need to start stealing from your book lists sometime soon..

karen steal away!!

message 7: by Dija (last edited Jul 17, 2012 12:37AM) (new)

Dija This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I lost count of how many times I've reread it. It's such a cute story. :)

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