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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
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Jul 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ala-ya-2008, 2010, newbery, children-s-middle-school
Read from June 30 to July 01, 2010

I think I have come to understand what it takes for a book to be awarded Newbery. It seems these Newberry awarded books are just so wholesome, so full of great life lessons, so sweet and touching in a non-nauseating or preachy way. The Wednesday Wars is just like that.

13-year old Holling Hoodhood is in trouble. While his Jewish and Catholic classmates attend religious studies on Wednesday afternoons, he, the only Presbyterian in his class, is forced to spend this time with his English teacher Mrs. Baker. Holling is absolutely sure Mrs. Baker hates his guts - she makes him clean the classroom and, eventually, read Shakespeare. But as time goes on, both Mrs. Baker and Shakespeare teach Holling how to be a better friend, son, brother, a better person.

The Wednesday Wars is just a sweet coming-of-age story. Holling is an innocent boy who by the end of the story becomes a wiser young man, after going though tribulations of being seen by his classmates wearing yellow tights with feathers on his butt, standing up to his unreasonable father and confronting bullies. The story made me laugh, sigh, and, to my surprise, shed some tears of joy.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5, is that it is a little young for my taste, definitely written for middle-grade kids. But otherwise, it is a perfectly enjoyable story.
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Tatiana It is definitely very sweet

Angie I like how it has a new book cover!

message 4: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy I have never heard of it...

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

It's wonderful, Kat. Although it might be too sweet for you. :)

message 6: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Yuck! Sweet stuff! No way! :P

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