The Wednesday Wars Background

The Wednesday Wars Background

Set against the dramatic historical backdrop of the Vietnam War, The Wednesday Wars is a young adult novel written by Gary D. Schmidt published in 2007. It won a Newbery Honor medal in 2008, and was also nominated for the 2010 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award.

The novel is set in 1967-1968, and centers around a seventh grade boy named Holling Hoodhood who goes to a heavily divided religious school but does not have a regular religious class every Wednesday like the other students because he is Presbyterian. The Wednesday Wars is about his growing kinship with a teacher at his school and struggle for acceptance in his household with overbearing father.

The Wednesday Wars was well-received by critics and readers alike. It was praised for its intriguing antihero and plot that although has no clear climax, is compelling all the same.

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