The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Holling Hoodhood has a problem. His teacher, simply, hates his ‘guts’. On Wednesday afternoon, the Catholics go to church, and the Jews go to Temple Beth-El. Holling is a Prebystarian. He is stuck inside at school, with a teacher who hates his guts. There is no escape. Except Shakespeare. Mrs Baker (Holling’s teacher) introduces him to Holling, and, with that, Wednesday afternoons are spent reading Shakespeare. But that isn’t the only thing she does for Holling. She takes him to a baseball game, introduces him to famous players, saves him from the wrath of his classmates, takes him on a private field trip, and drives him to places he needs to go.

Wednesday Wars is the tale of how they bond. Yet, as this is supposed to be the main element of the book, I feel that it should be made clearer when and how they bond. Also, the appearance of Mrs Baker should be described. As well as this, although Holling constantly repeats that Mrs Baker hates his guts, I found barely any evidence of that. After Mrs Baker does so much for him, I found that Holling didn’t even hint that he had a change of feeling towards her, though he must have. The story does not really follow a plot, but I suppose it is a read in between the lines plot. However, even that wasn’t really defined.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

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