Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Wednesday Wars


From Goodreads:
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York.

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.

From Me:
I LOVED this book.
I don't know what else to say.
A middle grade, Newbery Honor award winning book--that everyone should read!
Nostalgic, emotional, funny, compelling!
You'll fall in love with Holling Hoodhood.
I listened to the audio version and the narration was great, but I'm also going to purchase this for my bookshelf, so my grandkids can have easy access to it.
Loved it!!


Earlier in the  year, I signed up for the Newbery Reading Challenge, hosted by Julie at Smiling Shelves.
This is only my 2nd book in the challenge.
I better get busy--I have a few more to read before the end of the year.



3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wasn't this good? You must read Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. It's a fabulous audiobook.

Debra Eliotseats said...

Ok---Adding another book to my Must Read List!

BTW, the FnF post is up: here.

Thanks for playing along this month!!!!

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I love this book! This was one I would regularly read aloud to my sixth grade class, and they always said it was one of their favorites. Holling's voice is so spot-on for a middle schooler.