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.
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.
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