Book #47: The Wednesday Wars

I read Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt for my book club about a year ago and loved it.  What I didn’t realize is that it was a sequel to this Newbery-Award winning book, The Wednesday Wars.  Holling Hoodhood is a wonderful character and his agony over being forced to study Shakespeare with his teacher every Wednesday while his fellow students go to religious instruction was delightful.  Mrs. Baker must hate him, otherwise why would she do this to him?

With the Vietnam War, his family’s internal conflict and Holling’s budding acting career as the background, there were so many aspects of the story that propelled it forward and tied it together.  The bullies at school and at home, the heroes who were dethroned, and the courage that is demanded of Holling seemed like too much for one story, but it worked beautifully.

There isn’t a tidy ending with all the loose ends tied up, but I loved it regardless because it felt right.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars


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