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Cybils review: The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt


With a name like Holling Hoodhood,  you'd think the cards would be stacked against our narrator. But not really; at least not any more than any other 7th grader who's forced to wear a fairy costume with feathers on his --

Well, I can't tell you everything.

The Wednesday Wars is about:

Cream puffs
Shakespeare
Giant rats
Learning to run like Jesse Owens
1968
Mickey Mantle
Doug Swietek's brother
The Vietnam War
Dictators of small countries
Figuring out who you are
Figuring out who you're not
Camping out
First love

It's funny and touching and even teaches a little recent American history. If you're looking for a good boy book, let me tell you, this is it.

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lisa_schroeder
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm about halfway through this right now and *really* enjoying it.
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
I don't think you'll be disappointed, Lisa. I did have one small "issue" with the ending, but I think it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I'll mention it after you finish the book!
jillsbooks
Nov. 11th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Probably because I'm a child of the 60s, this is my favorite book of 2007.

So far.
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I'd love to hear how kids like it -- to them, it's totally historical fiction! I hope I can talk my kids into reading it over the holidays to see what they think.
jackieparker
Nov. 19th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Ok, IN LOVE with this review.
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 19th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Gee, thanks. Because let me tell you, it's HARD to write reviews!!
jackieparker
Nov. 20th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Don't I know it!
stacy_dekeyser
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
I have new respect for reviewers. HUGE respect.
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