Friday, March 26, 2010
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Title: The Wednesday Wars
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: PG, Thumbs up--it's a classic (already)
What I liked: I felt like I was in middle school again, this book is really interesting, funny, serious, thoughtful... I like how the book kind of just rides along with Holling HoodHood during the school year. It's so funny the kinds of things he gets himself mixed up in. The author did such a good job of mingling in Shakespeare throughout the book, it was really well done. Loved it.
Synopsis: Mrs. Baker hates Holling Hoodhood. There is no other reason she would look at him like that, the only kid left in the classroom after his Catholic and Jewish friends go to church on Wednesday afternoon. Why did he have to be Presbyterian? After Mrs. Baker assigns Holling various chores that go awry, she decides their Wednesday afternoon's should be used to study Shakespeare. The thought of which convinces Holling she must be out to get him. The novel is set in the 1960's, the characters dealing with the Vietnam war as a back drop to daily life.