wednesday wars


Reviewed by Gwen

The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt is an amazing book.  The book takes place in 1967 during the Vietnam War.  The main character, Holling Hoodhood, is in the 7th grade of his junior high school.  In the town that Holling Hoodhood, grows up in you are either Catholic or Jewish.  Holling is Presbyterian, which means each Wednesday afternoon while half the class is at temple and the other half is at mass, Holling stays at school.  This is why his 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts.  Mrs. Baker hates Holling so much that she makes him read Shakespeare on the Wednesday afternoons.  Holling would rather clap erasers against his head than read Shakespeare. These are the least of Hollings worries, like many kids today he has to deal with pressure from parents, gross lunch food, death threats, girls, evil rats, embarrassment, gym class, annoying sisters, and teachers that hate your guts.   I had a great time reading The Wednesday Wars.

            I enjoyed The Wednesday Wars immensely.  It was a very fun read and I appreciated how Gary D. Schmidt used references to the time of 1967.  Gary D. Schmidt did an excellent job of portraying Holling Hoodhood.  I think almost everyone can relate to Holling Hoodhood and that is what makes The Wednesday Wars so good. The Wednesday Wars is a fast paced book that always keeps you interested.  One of my favorite things about this book is the characters relationships, for example Holling and Mrs. Baker and Hollings father and his sister.  The characters in this book are very interesting and funny.  I would really recommend this book to teachers and students because many students can relate to Holling Hoodhood and teachers would learn what it’s like to be in a students shoes.   I loved every minute of reading The Wednesday Wars.  I give the Wednesday Wars five out of five stars, and I hope other people who read The Wednesday Wars will enjoy it as much as I did.


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