The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2007)

The_wednesday_warsThis beloved tragicomedy is like hiding veggies in a smoothie: they won’t even notice it’s historical fiction!

Recommended grade level: 5-9

Pages: 264 (for ISBN 9780618724833)

Genre(s) and keywords: historical fiction, humor, award winners

Tone/Style: personal, embarrassed

Pace: moderate

Topics: school, theatre, baseball, the Vietnam War, Shakespeare

Themes: parent/child relationships, sibling relationships, teacher relationships, war, disappointment, parental approval, self-discovery

Summary: Holling Hoodhood is really in for it.

He’s just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows is out to get him. Why else would she make him read Shakespeare…outside of class?

The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things than homework to worry about. There’s Vietnam for one thing, and then there’s the family business. As far as Holling’s father is concerned, nothing is more important than the family business. In fact, all of the Hoodhoods must be on their best behavior at all times. The success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has Mrs. Baker to contend with? (Source)

Who will like this book?: This book about relationships and self-discovery is both funny and sad, sure to touch readers looking to connect with a character and feel all the feels.

Who won’t like this book?: The plot is subtle, and it may seem like nothing happens to those who prefer action and flashy drama.

Other comments: This is a 2008 Newbery Honor book.

Sequel(s): There are no sequels, but Okay for Now is about Doug Swietek, a character in The Wednesday Wars.

What to read next: The obvious next read is Okay for Now. Then, try If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth and The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine for more historical fiction about young male Baby Boomers finding themselves and discovering their relationships with family and other community members.

-Kylie Peters

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