The Wednesday Wars

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The Wednesday Wars
The wednesday wars.jpg
Paperback cover of the book
Author Gary D. Schmidt
Language English
Genre Historical Fiction,
Children's Literature
Publisher Clarion Miller
Publication date
May 21, 2007
Media type Print
(Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-618-72483-4
OCLC 71044136
LC Class PZ7.S3527 We 2007
Followed by Okay for Now

The Wednesday Wars is a 2007 young adult historical fiction novel written by Gary D. Schmidt, the author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. The novel is set in suburban Long Island during the 1967–68 school year. The Vietnam War is an important backdrop for the novel. Holling Hoodhood, the protagonist, is a twelve-year-old boy who has entered 7th grade that year. This novel was given a Newbery Honor medal in 2008.[1] It was also nominated for the 2010 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award.

Plot summary[edit]

Holling Hoodhood is a 7th grader in 1967. Initially, he believes that his teacher hates his guts because he doesn’t fall into the category of students who go to religious classes on Wednesdays. Since Holling is the only Presbyterian child in school at that time, he is the only one that stays for school on Wednesdays, where the other students go to either Hebrew school or Catholic Catechism. At first, Mrs. Baker assigns him menial labor, but then teaches him about the writings of Shakespeare. In the end Holling finds the writings of Shakespeare to be useful and also enjoyable to read.


Meryl Lee's Father, and a foil character to Holling's father.

Secondary Characters Danny Hupfer, Mai Thi, Doug Sweiteck and his brother, Sycorax and Caliban (the rats), Mickey Mantle, Horace Clarke, Joe Pepitone, Chit, Mrs. Hoodhood, Mr. Goldman, Mrs. Sidman, Mr. Vendleri, Lieutenant Baker, Mr. Guareschi, Mrs. Bigio, Otis Redding, Mr. Petrelli, Coach Quatrini


  1. ^ "2008 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Services to Children. Retrieved 20 January 2011.