The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

February 13th, 2015 by

wednesday-wars-gary-schmidt-book-reviewSubmitted by Zodie, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The Wednesday wars is a phenomenal book because it is so funny,romantic and crazy.Holling Hoodhood is just starting a new school and he thinks his teacher hates him but,after things escalate some he realizes that she doesn’t.

Our Favorite Reads of 2013

December 31st, 2013 by

You may have noticed various “Best of 2013” lists floating around the internets. Well, since it’s New Year’s Eve today, we’re going to jump on the bandwagon with our own list — but with a twist!

Unlike movies that are only in theaters for a limited time or songs that get played less and less on the radio, good books are a joy to discover even years after they’re originally published. So, we’re re-capping both our favorite books that came out in 2013 and also the best books that were published in the past but  were still new to us in 2013!

mister-max-book-of-lost-thingsKaren’s Favorite Book Published in 2013:
Mister Max #1: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

This book is so delicious it deserves a review all its own — coming soon to a Kidsmomo near you! 🙂 For now, I’ll just say that this book somehow manages to find exactly the right balance between comforting and suspenseful, which must not have been easy for the author to do! Pick up this book and read about Max’s adventures after his parents go missing, and you’ll see what I mean.

okay-for-nowKaren’s Favorite Book She Discovered in 2013:
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

This book also deserves its own full review, but I’m not sure I’m going to write one — because I don’t even think I can capture just how amazing this book is. It’s really truly that goodThe story is about Doug and how he deals with: a) moving to a town he hates, b) living with a father who’s lost his way and brother with a bad reputation, and c) rescuing famous illustrations of birds that have been taken out of their original book and sold. I know, that sounds kind of like, “Wha?!” Like I said, it’s hard to convey just how funny and real and moving and AWESOME this book is. Just take my word for it and READ IT! (And also read The Wednesday Warswhich is kind of like its prequel — you don’t need to read it first in order to understand Okay for Now, but it’s just also really really good!)

Jessica-Darlings-It-List_Megan-McCaffertyNancy’s Favorite Book Published in 2013:
Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 because I was already a fan of the author, and it did not (totally not) disappoint! Yes, you read that right. Reading about Jessica Darling and her real and faux-friends made me  miss junior high a little and laugh out loud a lot — the book is just plain flat out funny. Not convinced yet? Check out my original review!

the-secret-zoo_bryan-chickNancy’s Favorite Book She Discovered in 2013:
The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

The Secret Zoo has been on my to-read list ever since Karen recommended it in our “Animal House” Podcast — and I admit at the time of this recommendation I am only half-way through. So I’m going to cut this short so I can get back to it! But here’s what I’ve got so far: a group of kids, adventure, zoo, talking animals, adventure, should we be suspicious that the author’s last name is “Chick”?, other animals, mystery, yay! there are four more books in this series, ack! there are four more books in this series, okay gotta go.

Our Honorable Mentions:

What were YOUR favorite books of 2013? Tell us in the Comments!

— Happy New Year from Nancy and Karen!

The Wednesday Wars: Book Review

November 20th, 2013 by

wednesday-warsHappy Wednesday!

Not super happy? Well, it could be worse! For example: If you had to spend every Wednesday afternoon alone with a teacher who hated you, how would you feel?

Yeah, well, that’s exactly how Holling feels when it happens to him in The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. And to make matters worse, Mrs. Baker (his teacher) forces him to read Shakespeare with her!

As if Holling doesn’t already have enough going on dealing with his dad (who expects him to eventually take over the family architecture business) and his sister (a flower child who doesn’t see eye to eye with the rest of the family).

This is definitely not your average teacher-knows-best story. Yes, I found it very moving at times and I was sometimes fighting back tears. (This story does take place during the Vietnam War, after all.) But I also thought the book was hilarious and found myself fighting back laughter plenty of times.

Holling is a completely believable character, and I wish there were a sequel so I could continue following his adventures (and Mrs. Baker’s).

There is a kind-of-sequel about one of Holling’s friends, called Okay for Now — but I haven’t read it yet. Have you?

If you’ve read either The Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. Did you love reading about Holling and Mrs. Baker as much as I did? And were you inspired to read any Shakespeare yourself?

— Karen

By chance, Karen saw a production of The Tempest right after reading this book. While waiting in line for tickets, Karen couldn’t stop thinking of Holling’s costume when he performs in the play — yellow tights and feathers on the butt and all!

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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

January 19th, 2013 by

wednesday-wars-gary-schmidt-book-reviewSubmitted by Kyle, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★½☆

Ehh… Its okay. i read this for G.R. Its really funny.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

February 21st, 2012 by

wednesday-wars-gary-schmidt-book-reviewSubmitted by Emily, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

All i can say is,…………….. it was AMAZING! Holling (the main character) absolute hates his teacher! But when he has to stay after on Wednesdays while everyone else is at church, he developes a special relationship with his teacher. A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

November 11th, 2009 by

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. SchmidtReviewed by: Eilish, age 10, from Maine

Rating: ★★★★½

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This book is about a boy named Holling Hoodhood who thinks his teacher hates him, plus he is in 1967-1968 when the Veitnam war was going on! It has some Shakespeare that he has to learn, but you kind of get what feeling he has by what he uses it for. It is a very good book!