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Start by marking “The Wednesday Wars” as Want to Read: In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books. Parents need to know that Newbery Honor Book The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, is a poignant coming-of-age story involving the funny. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay .

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The Wednesday Wars is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Gary D. Schmidt, Find sources: "The Wednesday Wars" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (June ) (Learn how and when to remove this template. to reproduce selections from this book, The Wednesday wars / by Gary D. Schmidt. . "So on Wednesday afternoon you attend neither Hebrew School nor . On Wednesday afternoons, while his Catholic and Jewish schoolmates attend religious instruction, Holling Hoodhood, the only Presbyterian in his seventh.

Synopsis[ edit ] Holling Hoodhood is a seventh grader during the school year. In his school, the student body is largely divided between Catholics and Jews, and every Wednesday both groups go to their separate churches for religious classes. Holling, a Presbyterian, has no religious class to attend, therefore he is forced to remain at class with his teacher, Mrs. Holling is convinced that Mrs. Baker resents him for this. This suspicion is compounded when she begins having him read Shakespeare. As he begins to enjoy the plays, though, he also begins to understand Mrs. Baker, whose husband, he learns, is stationed in Vietnam. The story's main focus is on Holling's struggle to get out from his overbearing father's shadow. Hoodhood is an ambitious, social climbing, and at times, the cutthroat architect who is determined that Holling take over the business when he retires.

Dad says Mrs. Baker's brother-in-law owns a sporting goods store that's going to need an architect for an upcoming building project.

He wants the contract, so he demands Holling be especially nice to Mrs.

At first, Mrs. Baker has Holling cleaning erasers on Wednesdays. Another Wednesday, he cleans the classroom rat cage, accidentally allowing the two rats to escape into the ceiling for months.

Baker decides to start reading Shakespeare with Holling on Wednesdays.

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He initially thinks this is the worst punishment of all. He especially likes the way the character Caliban curses with phrases like "the red plague rid you! Holling ends up playing a fairy in a Long Island Shakespeare production. He's humiliated that he has to wear yellow tights with feathers on the behind. Baker finds out about the play and announces it to his class. She attends, along with some of his classmates. Mickey Mantle is signing autographs at Baker's Sporting Goods store the same night.

Holling goes to great lengths to get to the store after his show, only to have the ballplayer laugh at his costume and refuse to sign his baseball. Danny, who just got his ball signed, gives it back to Mantle in a show of solidarity for Holling.

Baker later hears about the ballplayer's rudeness. She uses her connections and surprises Holling by arranging for him, Danny and their friend Doug to play baseball in the gym one Wednesday afternoon with some other Yankee greats. The boys also receive tickets for opening day at Yankee stadium in April.

In a January storm, Holling saves his sister from being hit by a bus and gets his picture in the paper. Holling decides to ask out his classmate Meryl Lee for Valentine's Day.

He has no money and is afraid he'll look like a cheapskate. Baker helps him get free tickets to a performance of Romeo and Juliet. The nightly news about Vietnam becomes increasingly grim, and Mrs. Baker's husband goes missing in action. Holling's dad and sister fight about politics, and Dad tells her she'll stay home and work for him rather than go to college and become a flower child.

She eventually runs away to California to "find herself. Baker coaches Holling on Wednesdays, and he learns she was a former Olympic medal winner in track. The Yankees' opening day falls on a Wednesday. As usual, Mr. Hoodhood puts work above family and fails to pick up Holling for the game.

Once all of the other kids are gone, Mrs. Baker takes Holling to the ballpark. They join Danny, Doug and their families and get a special tour at the end of the game.

The players remember them and recognize Mrs. Baker from her Olympic days. Usually ships within hours.

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Having trouble signing in? The Wednesday Wars. The story is told against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the assassinations of the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. Schmidt , is a poignant coming-of-age story involving the funny misadventures of Long Island, New York seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood and his unlikely discovery of Shakespeare in the turbulent academic year of There are two references to middle school students smoking, and a scene of two rats run over by a bus.

Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 23 kid reviews. On Wednesdays afternoons half of Holling's class leaves school early for catechism class.

The other half leaves early for Hebrew school.

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That leaves Presbyterian Holling alone every Wednesday afternoon with his teacher, Mrs. Neither of them is happy at the prospect, and Holling is sure Mrs. Baker hates him as a result. At first Mrs.

Baker just has Holling clean erasers, but then decides to make better use of the time by introducing him to Shakespeare. And as events in the larger world during the school year unfold in the background, Holling begins to learn about himself, his family, friends, and the mysterious adult world. It's a wonderful thing when an author can bring the reader to tears without anything sad happening. It's even better when it's done in the course of what would normally be described as "hilarious misadventures.

Schmidt accomplishes this by getting inside the head of a bright but fairly typical goofball seventh-grader who's doing the opposite of what so many kids at that age do -- opening his heart to the world. With the prim prodding of his dry, no-nonsense teacher, and a big dollop of help from the Bard, Holling learns to see into the hearts of others, which causes him to stand up to his overbearing father, to care for his floundering older sister when she needs him, to recognize the depth of his friendships, to see the humanity in his teachers, and This is a funny and breathtakingly moving book, because in the end there's little that's as funny and moving as growing up -- except perhaps growing into a wise and loving person.

Families can talk about how Shakespeare helps Holling understand his life, and the ways in which his life helps him understand Shakespeare. Why does he like using Shakespeare's phrases so much?

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