Middle School is tough enough with all the cliques, classes and homework assignments, but when you think your teacher hates your guts, things become a little bit more complicated. Welcome to Holling Hoodhood's world! Try making it through grade school with that name . . . eek!
While most of his classmates cherish Wednesday afternoons attending their Catholic or Jewish teachings, Holling, being the only Presbyterian in the seventh grade class in the late 1960's, is forced to stay with his teacher Mrs. Baker on Wednesday afternoons.
During these excruciatingly long afternoons, Mrs. Baker forces Holling to complete various chores, finish up assignments and possibly worst of all, read Shakespeare.
However throughout the year, after struggling with homework assignments, experiencing utterly embarrassing moments, dealing with problems at home, and enduring amazing triumphs, Holling realizes something special about Mrs. Baker and about himself as well.
I highly recommend The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt to anyone going into or already in middle school/junior high. Schmidt does an amazing job of conveying all the obstacles, struggles and complexities you face during seventh grade. From school bullies to crushes to terrible homework assignments and then craziness at home, The Wednesday Wars is a great coming-of-age novel. While reading this book, you will not only enjoy a great story, but you'll also be encouraged to discover who you really are and what you really want to be.
I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer