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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Schmidt, Gary D. Schmidt Narrator: Joel Johnstone Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047678
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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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are many strands in this story: the Vietnam War, air raid drills, missing soldiers, a classmate who is a Vietnamese refugee, a rescue, extreme humiliation, chalk-covered cream puffs, yellow tights with feathers in all the wrong places and a bully. In fact, so much happens I wondered whether all the seeds Schmidt planted could flower by the end. To his great credit, they do.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Schmidt…delivers another winner here, convincingly evoking 1960s Long Island, with Walter Cronkite’s nightly updates about Vietname 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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Johnstone brings to life one of the most endearing characters to come along in some time…Johnstone’s first-person narration perfectly captures Holling’s progression from an angst-filled yet innocent boy to a wiser, self-aware young man. His reading is touching, funny, and insightful; he manages to bring the listener back to a time—real or nostalgically reimagined, at least—when the crack of a bat against a ball in Yankee Stadium or sharing a Coke with a girl at the Woolworth’s counter was all any boy could want. This is a lovely, heartfelt novel, read with as much care as the author used to create it.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Schmidt…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 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.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This novel is funny, warm, sad, and touching all at the same time. Holling Hoodhood will live with the reader for a very long time after he finishes seventh grade and learns ‘to thine own self be true.’”

    VOYA

  • “This bittersweet novel set during the days of the Vietnam conflict, peace marches, racial protests, and flower children rivals the immortal Bard for tragedy and comedy…This story interweaves the issues of the period with grace and power, resulting in historical fiction both entertaining and endearing.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Acclaimed author Schmidt’s warmth and understanding shine through on every page, along with his humor (one boy can ‘cuss the yellow off a school bus’) and his gift for creating memorable characters…Not to be missed—this is a marvelous read, both achingly funny and deeply affecting.”

    Kliatt

  • “Schmidt takes clichés such as perfect families, battle-ax teachers, and incorrigible students and makes them original. Joel Johnstone’s narration gains potency from his even voice and pacing. Moments poignant with lost chances for understanding, such as those between Holling’s father and sister, are as vivid as those of humor. Listen, laugh, cry, and marvel at the goodness of humankind.”

    AudioFile

  • “Schmidt has a way of getting to the emotional heart of every scene without overstatement, allowing the reader and Holling to understand the great truths swirling around them on their own terms. It’s another virtuoso turn by the author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Comic, colorful, lyrical, and philosophical at just the right moments…this graceful novel is full of goodwill, yearning and heart, and serves as a growth chart for Holling, recording his increasing depth. The Wednesday Wars also gently reminds readers to take constant measure, as Shakespeare and Holling do, of what it means to be human.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the Newbery Honor in 2008
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2007
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Wheelbarrow | 2/20/2014

    " Loved the story of Holling Hoodhood. What an unfortunate name, right? Hoodhood is forced to sit with his teacher every Wednesday because he is the only Presbyterian at school. Every Wednesday afternoon his classmates attend catechism and bar/bat mitzvah classes. His teacher is my hero. She faces each Wednesday with the stoic face of a stern teacher, but the heart of a giant. Hoodhood is "forced" to read Shakespeare and finds out he actually likes Shakespeare. Along the way, I fell in love with how Shakespeare's plays and lessons mirrored Hoodhood's life and offered him comfort. You will fall in love with Holling, his teacher, and his friends. You will cheer for them all and want them to be your child's friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelina | 2/14/2014

    " This book was amazing, especially as I want to teach. I think my favorite thing is that while the author shows how the student is trying to relate Shakespeare to his life, he doesn't do the heavy-handed thing Stephanie Meyer does in New Moon and Eclipse. It is much more subtle. Note: The main character's name drove me NUTS, so I mentally nicknamed him H. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libraryangel | 1/29/2014

    " This is an amazing book. Do something good for yourself today and read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby Troutman | 1/29/2014

    " This book helps to show you are learning valuable ideas even when you don't see it. Shows an interesting relationship between students and teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KyneWynn | 1/12/2014

    " Just finished reading The Wednesday Wars -- great read! I loved the voice and it sure brought back some school memories for me, told with lots of humor, but there were a lot of serious themes underneath the book as well including the challenges and pitfalls of surviving junior high, the boy-girl thing,figuring out who you are and how you fit in your family, and some wider societal issues of the era including the Vietnam war. I remember coming home from school and finding my mother standing in front of the TV crying as they showed footage from Vietnam, and trying to understand what it was all about. Definitely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 1/10/2014

    " It was okay. Not my favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kvalvaag | 12/20/2013

    " It was funny, always made me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/15/2013

    " My definition of a great book is when it makes me laugh, makes me cry for sadness, and makes me cry for happiness. This book did all of those. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Blok | 12/7/2013

    " Read it for Holling Hoodhood's literary criticism of Shakespeare. And for his great character. And for the way that Gary Schmidt doesn't shy away from real life, all the while affirming that "maybe sometimes the real world is smiles and miracles." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofia | 11/7/2013

    " Nice tween read though I've already read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Ford | 10/24/2013

    " I laughed out loud with this book, and there were other parts that were very poignant. This is a enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 10/24/2013

    " Another fun read! The only way it could have been any better is if I had a little more Shakespeare under my belt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 10/1/2013

    " so good! A fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 9/20/2013

    " I love this book! It's wonderful. Don't be put off by the YA rating. This is a book for everyone. You'll laugh out loud one minute and be moved to tears in the next chapter. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 9/2/2013

    " Let me tell you, this is a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 5/18/2013

    " This book . . . It made me laugh and cry and laugh and cry . . . I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooved it. I loved how it showed a normal boy's life connecting with the Vietnam War. It was sad and hilarious and beautiful. There isn't a single book close to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 5/7/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Coming-of-age story of a boy during the late 60s. Since my parents are both teachers I have special place in my heart for good teachers so I loved seeing how Mrs. Baker ends up making such a difference in Holling's life over the course of year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia N' | 1/12/2013

    " A well written book from the view of a middle school boy during an interesting time period of the 1960's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Abel | 1/8/2013

    " Love this book. Will read it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/24/2012

    " I love this book-recommend it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallie | 10/6/2012

    " i loved this book. i had tried to read it before but hated the beggining, then my english class started to read it and i loved it so much my teacher had to tell me to stop reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trulee Goble | 6/1/2012

    " I loved it. The prose was quite often beautiful. It was fun to read a bit of Shakespeare through the character's eyes. I would love for my boys to read this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Carter | 1/18/2012

    " This is one of my favorites. Great young characters that are relatable to the reader. Enjoyed every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bockles | 1/12/2012

    " A tale of hope that never ages -- sad, hilarious, heart-wrenching, poignant, lonely, uplifting, and blooming with the same force that a weed through a crack does, up and away into more beautiful lands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 12/30/2011

    " This was a really good book. It made me think a lot, and the story was great! All in all, it isn't the best, but good for when you're bored of your favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mischa Bates | 10/24/2011

    " Good book. Junior high seems to be universally the same no matter when you went. Although it was a simpler time back then, you can still feel the issues that affected them during that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 5/22/2011

    " Funny! Amazingly funny! Laugh till you cry funny! There is seriousness also, but what I will remember is the humor. This book has also impelled me read Shakespeare. I haven't done that since high school, and I'm not telling anyone how long ago that was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 5/21/2011

    " I loved this. I downloaded the audio file from my library for something to listen to while I fed my daughter at night. I didn't know a thing about it before hand. It was simply available and would download straight to my iTouch. As I listened to it, though, I fell in love. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 5/20/2011

    " A really good recorded book. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/19/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic book which I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/19/2011

    " A great book even though it takes place in the 1960's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 5/12/2011

    " LOVED this book!! It was short, a good read, and the relationships in the book were personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smilies | 5/12/2011

    " It's a pretty elementary book but it was really fun to read anyways. The characters are pretty realistic and there were a couple cute momenents. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinit | 5/7/2011

    " Amazingly written in the sense of the Cold War and how daily life was especially in the case of Holling Hoodhood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainomaija | 5/5/2011

    " I wasn't really excited to read about a seventh grade boy and his obnoxious teacher, but the more I read, the more deeper themes started to appear and I ended up liking the book. It had lots of funny incidents, but also a lot that made you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 5/5/2011

    " Loved this book. Entertaining, heartwarming, humorous. "

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