Mrs. Wilding is currently reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.
Review: The Wednesday Wars has been on my stack of books to read for quite a while. I've been reading a lot of science fiction lately so decided this nostalgic story would be a good changeof pace for winter break. I was also motivated to get it read because I want to read the companion book, Okay for Now which has the most hilarious picture on the cover and now I've come to appreciate the author's humorous style.
The Wednesday Wars takes place during the 1960s when our country and world were experiencing dramatic change and upheaval. The book chronicles the 7th grade year of the narrator, Holling Hoodhood. In many ways Holling is a typical worried, self-conscious 7th grader. His junior high experience is familiar -- he plays baseball, deals with bullies and his often contentious family life. But he's atypical in that he has a love a literature. Every Wednesday afternoon (and in between) he explores the works of Shakespeare in a one-on-one session with his English teacher. Even if you haven't read the plays he describes, you will love Holling's insights about each one and watching those insights change with his experience. Through Holling, Schmidt deals with serious topics (war, race relations, familial devotion) in a light-hearted, but perceptive and realistic way. I highly recommend The Wednesday Wars.
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