The Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt
Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must
spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest
of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like
Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of
William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to
worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be
on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But
how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with?
A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing
autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow
tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds
Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the
courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
Age Range: 10 - 12 years
Grade Level: 5 - 7
Lexile Measure: 990L
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 18, 2009)
MY THOUGHTS: I have to admit when I first started this book I wasn't too sure where it was going. But I kept with it and finally got into it. Holling is a typical 7th grader. But he has a problem with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. He thinks she hates him. Why, because every Wednesday at at 1:45 sharp, half of his class went to Hebrew
School at Temple Beth-El, and, at 1:55, the other half went to Catechism
at Saint Adelbert's. This left Holling the only student in the class. There are of course bully's that Holling has to deal with along with everything else a typical 7th grader has to bear up to. But is it his imagination that his teacher hates him? You will have to read the book to find out about the rest of the book. Really great book to read! I give this book 4.....
This book is for Read the Days of the Week Challenge.