By: Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books, 2007)
Wednesday Wars is one of my favorite middle grade books and a 2008 Newberry Honor. It is a story about Holling Hoodhood who struggles through his seventh grade year with difficult family dynamics, hot and cold peer relationships, and a teacher who he’s convinced is an evil genius that hates his guts.
One of the reasons I enjoy this story so much is Gary’s ability to create such a loveable, heart wrenching character who is funny and at the same time solemn in his quest to find out who he is and what he stands for in this world. This character will make you laugh with his antics and unique combinations of Shakespearean swears (Pied ninny!) and cry at his desperate attempts to become the man in which he wants to be. And if reading Shakespeare has been excruciating for you in the past, just wait until you hear Holling’s take on the Shakespearean language. If you don’t read this book, “May a southwest wind blow on ye and blister you all o’er!”
Gary D. Schmidt is a two-time Newberry Honor Award-Winning Author and an amazing teacher and mentor for me in my own journey to become a writer.