The Wednesday Wars

Written by:
Gary D. Schmidt
Narrated by:
Joel Johnstone

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
7 hours 28 minutes
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York. Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn't like Holling-he's sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation-the Big M-in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
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Karyn B.

Such a good book. I really thing kids would enjoy it. I laughed throughout the book. I am a teach and a really found humor in the way the main character sees his teacher and how he feels about her. It is a good book for character development and perspective. It touches upon the Vietnam war but it isn’t in depth. The narration was well done and make the story more enjoyable.

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Sienna A.

had to read this for school.

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I had to read this for school

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Sarai M.

A lovely coming of age story with so many nods to important points in history, really enjoyed this one. Joel Johnstone’s narration had the perfect twang and brought the young characters to life beautifully.

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Rebecca S.

Feel good. coming off age and overcoming his destiny set by the characters parents. really enjoyed all aspects.

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Cynthia W.

A wonderful story, I, too, was a seventh grader in the year 1967. So many sweet memories were brought to light of that year. A terrific read for any middle school aged student, good history lesson.

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Jeanne F.

Great narration of a wonderful story.

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