Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Rating: 1.1.1
Recommended audience: Tweens, teens, adults
Category: YA Fiction or Children's, Historical

This is one of the sweetest, funniest books I've read in a long time. It made me laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. The story is told by Holling Hoodhood and chronicles his seventh grade year at Camillo Junior High. This takes place in 1967-68, during the Vietnam War. While the war does affect his life it is not the main part of the story. It is about the struggles and triumphs of a 12 year old kid. The book reminded me quite a bit of The Wonder Years with Fred Savage that was on TV back in the late 80's to early 90's. It has a similar feel to it. I highly recommend this book. It won a Newbery Honor that I think is well deserved.


Chain Reader said...

I love The Wonder Years! I'll have to try this one out.

Laura H said...

Thanks for another great recommend. I really enjoyed this book. I'd like to tell my 12yr old nephew to read it but I'm not sure he will understand the era. Have you read anything else by this author??

Kim said...

I just finished "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" recently and really liked it. I didn't like it quite as much as "Wednesday" because it was much more serious in nature, but still very good. My review for it is at:

I'm so glad you read and liked "The Wednesday Wars". This is one of those that I want to tell everyone about because I loved it so much.