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The Wednesday Wars - Audio Library Edition by Gary D. Schmidt
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Feb 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school, historical-fiction

Both heartwarming and bittersweet, this book tells the story of Holling Hoodhood, a 7th grader with a big heart and a dysfunctional family. It covers a not-often-written-about perspective of the Vietnam War - What was happening on the homefront?

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Holling Hoodhood is not Catholic. And Holling Hoodhood is not Jewish. So what, right? Well, in Holling’s estimation it’s the worse place to be on Wednesday afternoons. It is on Wednesday afternoons that all of the Catholic 7th graders head to CCD and the Jewish students to Hebrew school. Since Holling fits into neither category, he’s stuck hanging out with his teacher, who, at least in the beginning, doesn’t seem thrilled by the idea either. Mrs. Baker starts by assigning Holling jobs to keep him out of her hair. Later, he’s sure she hates him when she assigns him Shakespeare to read during their time together. I mean – what nice person assigns Shakespeare, right? Anyway, as time goes on, Holling is trying to find his place in his world as well as learn more about the world around him. Relationships play a huge role. His family isn’t much help, but through Mrs. Baker and his friends, Holling begins to become the person he wants to be. Funny moments erupt throughout the story.

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