The Wednesday Wars: Book Review by Mary

wednesdayFrom 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

Intermediate Fiction/ Newbery Honor

264 Pages; Audio book 7 hrs 27 mins.

Published 2007

Book rating: 4/5 stars

Audio book rating: 5/5 stars (very well performed)

My sum up: Holling Hoodhood has a big problem, and that is that his seventh-grade teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates him. The even bigger problem is that because everyone else in his class has religious instruction on Wednesday afternoons, he is Mrs. Baker’s only student for the last half of every Wednesday. He knows with absolute certainty that she is out to get him, because she has decided to make him read Shakespeare!


I read this as part of my PopSugar Reading Challenge for 2017. “A book with a month or day of the week in the title.”

Toads, beetles, and bats! This book was so entertaining! It follows Holling throughout the school year, so the chapters feel like little episodes or short stories of experiences he has with different characters, particularly his teacher Mrs. Baker. The experiences range from enlightening, emotional, to down right hilarious.

What starts as an awkward relationship between a misplaced pre-teen and his somewhat cranky teacher, blossoms into an unlikely friendship that begins on a shared love for literature and eventually spreads throughout the entire community.

This book did such an incredible job of making Shakespeare seem really exciting. In fact, as soon as I was done reading this book, I checked out The Tempest, and I just finished reading it a few days ago. This was perfect because it helped me finish another section of my reading challenge “Read a book that is mentioned in another book”. Check!










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