The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars

Audiobook CD - 2007
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During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Audiobooks, p2007.
ISBN: 9780439925013
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr., 28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Johnstone, Joel
Scholastic Audiobooks


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Apr 17, 2019

The Wednesday Wars is a historical fiction novel, set during the Vietnam War. The main character is a typical American middle-schooler, who kids will like and whose circumstances and perspective kids would relate to. His parents, particularly his father, are self-centered and neglectful, which is infuriating, but makes the story. The 2 messages that could be mis-construed in this book are that: 1) Holling's dad's neglect relates to his being a Presbyterian (which, when you realize he isn't really practicing any faith at all, but just attending church, should not be a realistic association), and 2) that the parents' clueless-ness somehow justifies Holling's behavior. There are several thought provoking sub-themes that are great for kids to consider (war, learning, understanding people, racism, etc) without being preachy, and it is great to offer kids a new time period of historical fiction beyond WW2 or the western expansion. Overall, this is a well written, somewhat slow, but generally funny and interesting story. The audio-version is very well read, and would be great to listen to in the car as a family.

Jun 17, 2011

What a fun "read"! Over the course of a school year, Holling discovers many lessons about life: Adults are all too fallible, our childhood heroes are not always truly admirable, and a person really can find the truth about the human condition in the works of Shakespeare.


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