I just finished reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Several of us from the Kent District Library are planning to attend Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing to hear many authors, including Calvin’s own Gary Schmidt, speak about their writing. I am working my way through a list of recommended reading before the festival in April.
This book is marketed for teens, but will doubtlessly be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is a coming of age tale about a boy growing up in New York during the Vietnam War. When his classmates are attending Catholic and Jewish instruction, Holling Hoodhood is introduced to the works of Shakespeare by his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Schmidt manages to easily tie together themes of growing up, the war in Vietnam, Shakespeare and cross-country running.
For those of you who have been waiting for Schmidt’s next book ever since you finished Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, you will not be disappointed.
Here are some reviews from Amazon.com.