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The Wednesday wars

by Schmidt, Gary D.

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD SCHMIDT Gary
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
 
Call Number  juv CD SCHMIDT Gary
 
 
Brentwood Library Juvenile Audiobooks JUV CD UNABRDG Schmidt
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audiobooks
 
Call Number  JUV CD UNABRDG Schmidt
 
 
Bridgeville Public Library Juvenile Audio-visual JUV CD FIC SCH
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio-visual
 
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North Versailles Public Library Audiobooks JCD FIC SCHM
Location  North Versailles Public Library
 
Collection  Audiobooks
 
Call Number  JCD FIC SCHM
 
 
Scott Township Library Juvenile Audio J ACD FIC SCHMID
Location  Scott Township Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio
 
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Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade Audio Visual MG CDBOOK SCHMIDT
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
 
Collection  Middle Grade Audio Visual
 
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Summary
From an award-winning novelist, a hilarious and poignant coming-of-age story set 1967.

Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood has a tough year ahead of him. First of all, his teacher, Mrs. Baker, keeps giving him the evil eye. Second of all, the class bully keeps threatening to do Number 167 (and you don't even want to know what Number 167 is). Third of all, his father keeps calling him “the Son Who is Going to Inherit Hoodhood and Associates." But things are changing in 1967, and while reciting his favorite curses from Shakespeare's plays, Holling might just find the true meaning of his own story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""*Starred Review* On Wednesday afternoons, while his Catholic and Jewish schoolmates attend religious instruction, Holling Hoodhood, the only Presbyterian in his seventh grade, is alone in the classroom with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, who Holling is convinced hates his guts. He feels more certain after Mrs. Baker assigns Shakespeare's plays for Holling to discuss during their shared afternoons. Each month in Holling's tumultuous seventh-grade year is a chapter in this quietly powerful coming-of-age novel set in suburban Long Island during the late '60s. The slow start may deter some readers, and Mrs. Baker is too good to be true: she arranges a meeting between Holling and the New York Yankees, brokers a deal to save a student's father's architectural firm, and, after revealing her past as an Olympic runner, coaches Holling to the varsity cross-country team. However, Schmidt, whose Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2005) was named both a Printz and a Newbery Honor Book, makes the implausible believable and the everyday momentous. Seamlessly, he knits together the story's  themes: the cultural uproar of the '60s, the internal uproar of early adolescence, and the timeless wisdom of Shakespeare's words. Holling's unwavering, distinctive voice offers a gentle, hopeful, moving story of a boy who, with the right help, learns to stretch beyond the limitations of his family, his violent times, and his fear, as he leaps into his future with his eyes and his heart wide open."--"Engberg, Gillian" Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "On the first day of the 1967-68 school year, Holling Hoodhood thinks he's made a mortal enemy of his new teacher when it turns out he's the only seventh-grader who does not leave early every Wednesday to attend Hebrew school or catechism. (Holling is Presbyterian, and though eminently likeable, he does have a knack for unintentionally making enemies.) Stern Mrs. Baker first gives him custodial duties, but after hilarious if far-fetched catastrophes involving chalk dust, rats and freshly baked cream puffs, she switches to making him read Shakespeare. He overcomes his initial horror, adopting the Bard's inventive cursing as his own to dress down schoolyard bullies. Indeed standing up for himself is the real battle Holling is waging, especially at home, where his architect father has the entire family under his thumb. Schmidt, whose Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won both Printz and Newbery Honors, delivers another winner here, convincingly evoking 1960s Long Island, with Walter Cronkite's nightly updates about Vietnam as the soundtrack. The serious issues are leavened with ample humor, and the supporting cast-especially the wise and wonderful Mrs. Baker-is fully dimensional. Best of all is the hero, who shows himself to be more of a man than his authoritarian father. Unlike most Vietnam stories, this one ends happily, as Schmidt rewards the good guys with victories that, if not entirely true to the period, deeply satisfy. Ages 10-14. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Plays -- Fiction.
Junior high schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Families -- New York (State) -- Long Island -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Audiobooks,2007
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Johnstone, Joel.
Participants/Performers Read by Joel Johnstone.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0439925010 :
0439023408
9780439925013 :
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