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The Wave

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Laurie isn't sure what to make of 'The Wave'. It had begun as a simple history experiment to liven up their World War II studies and had become a craze that was taking over their lives. Laurie's classmates were changing from normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics. 'The Wave' was sweeping through the school - and it was out of control. Laurie's friends scoff at h ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published 2007 by Puffin (first published 1981)
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Erin It is based on a true event. I feel that we need our country to watch and read this NOW! It shows just how easily we as people can be influenced.
Clara The book is based on a 80s film about the actual experiment--so there are a few Hollywood-influenced aspects--but it follows the events of the…moreThe book is based on a 80s film about the actual experiment--so there are a few Hollywood-influenced aspects--but it follows the events of the experiment quite faithfully, as far as I have been able to find out. The actual event started out in 3 sophomore classrooms, and it indeed escalated to such a point that 200 students attended the fake rally at the conclusion of the book. I believe the teacher didn't show a video of Hitler, but instead a static screen; still, I'm surprised that the gathering wasn't fictitious. You can find some information and interesting photographs (such as of the original wave logo) on this website: . If you are interested in what actually took place, this is an excellent resource.
To answer your question directly, the book is fiction, in as much as the characters and specifics go, but the outline of the plot is factual for the most part. (less)
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Dec 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Laurie Sanders sat in the publications office at Gordon High School chewing on the end of a Bic pen. She was a pretty girl with short light-brown hair and an almost perpetual smile that only disappeared when she was upset or chewing on Bic pens. Lately she’d been chewing on a lot of pens. In fact, there wasn’t a single pen or pencil in her pocketbook that wasn’t worn down on the butt end from nervous gnawing. Still, it beat smoking. “

Thus begins The Wave.

Can we break apart that paragraph, pleas
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is scary. Honestly.

It's not a horror story, it's not the kind of novel where monsters come jumping out the closet; or at least not the green googley-eyed kind. This is a true story which I was told not to read because the subject matter was too old for me.

When I first read The Wave, I had no comprehension of why it was scary. Bad things happened, but it was more or less ok in the end. It wasn't until I was older, and had a better grasp of world history, social psychology, and a true ab
Apr 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I read this book while on a family trip to Washington, D.C., shortly after visiting the Holocaust museum (which is, in fact, where my mom bought it -- in the gift shop -- and is it weird that the Holocaust museum has a gift shop? Even if the proceeds go to the museum?).

Perhaps that wasn't the best time to pick up a book that seeks to grossly oversimplify how fascism can slowly creep up and overtake a society of otherwise well-meaning people, but what with the blatant metaphors and bad, bad dialo
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This book, written under the pen name of Morton Rhue in the United States, is a novelisation of the telemovie of the same name, which was based on a short story by Ron Jones about a real event.

In 1969 a high school history teacher, Ben Ross, was working in a small "all-American" town teaching his class of grade 12 students about the second World War. After showing them a film on Adolf Hitler, the Nazis and concentration camps, his students couldn't understand why the German people hadn't realise
Maria Thomarey
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το είχα διαβάσει οταν ειχε πρώτοβγεί. Πριν γίνει μόδα , ταινία , θεατρικό . Πριν ο φασισμός ξανανοίξει τα απειλητικά φτερά του . Τότε που καμια κρίση δεν μας γονάτιζε και που ευημερούσαμε. Με ξένα κόλυβα . Μετα μας πήρε το Κύμα
A compelling story about how Nazi Germany could have been created--how the minority controlled the majority, and how the majority allowed themselves to be controlled. It's based on the true story of The Third Wave experiment, which demonstrated fascism as a part of teaching about WWII.

But the writing of this book. Oh, the writing. It hurts. It should be noted that in tiny print on the copyright page, it does note that this is a novelization of a teleplay that was an adaptation of the original t
Seher Andaç
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitaplıkta görünce buraya da taşımak istedim. Benim için kült kitaplardandır. Filmi de bir o kadar güzeldir. Gücü arayan insanlığın sembollerinden kanlı gözyaşları akmaya devam ediyor.... Yönetilmeye ihtiyacı olduğuna öyle ikna edilmiş ki alkışlar doğasından geliyor artık!!! Acının etrafına toplanan insanlar olmaktan utanıyorum....
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an assigned book report and wasnt quite sure if I would like it or not. To be completely honest, I picked it because of its title. The Wave. It sounded relaxing to me. However, when I actually read the book, I realized it wasnt about the waves in the ocean at all. It was a pleasant suprise to read something different. When you finish reading the book, you have that feeling like "wow. That ACTUALLY happened." Its very sad that this happened, but we have to learn from people's ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It was a very frightening read, my stomach was in knots and I felt sick from the idea alone.
I know that it is BASED on true events, but I find it hard to believe that it happened so fast!
5 days? Really? Is that what it takes to create a monster?

The writing is OK, but I expected more from it.
BUT, a very important read, and I'm glad it is a must read in many schools around the globe.
History can repeat it self if we are not careful.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a fascinating story and concept. It is scary if you think about it, but so well done.
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“Overcome with anger, David grabbed her other arm. Why did she have to be so stubborn? Why couldn’t she see how good The Wave could be? “We can stop you, and we will!” 1 likes
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