Monday, January 16, 2012

More Reviews - Great Reads!

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday Wars. New York: Clarion Books, 2007. Print.

Imagine you are hated by your teacher for no reason. In Gary D. Schmidt’s book, The Wednesday Wars, that is the case for seventh grader Holling Hoodhood. Set in 1967 at a typical middle school, some very peculiar things are going on. Holling Hoodhood is a normal seventh grade Presbyterian boy. However, on the first day of school he seems to be hated by his teacher. Why? Because on Wednesday afternoons his classmates leave for religion and he is left alone with his English teacher. Now I read this book expecting a coming-of-age moment for Holling; however there really wasn’t. He ends his rivalry with his siblings and he has a fight with his dad but other than that nothing. This book would be good for kids ages 10- 12. ~Eli

Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Dell Publishing, 1967. Print.

The Outsiders was a memorable book with various people dying and a battle between gangs. The setting is a rural small town. One of the most important characters in the book is Ponyboy. Ponyboy has a conflict much like the rest of the gang. The Greasers don’t like the Socs but he realizes the Socs are people too.

Ponyboy “comes of age” in this book in a very meaningful way. He “comes of age” by realizing even people you might not like are still real people. I liked the book because of all of the conflicts that happen during the book. ~Travis

Spinelli, Jerry. Crash. Toronto: Random House, 1996. Print.

My thoughts about this book are that it is a great book. I liked the characters, the setting, and the plot. Overall I would give it 5 stars out of 5 stars. It was a fast read but within its small number of pages it was great.

The setting, characters, and plot was awesome. The setting was in a small town in Pennsylvania, it was around the 90’s. The characters included the main character Crash, an athletic kid who was very strong and tough. There is Mike, his friend who has similar character traits. Penn Webb, Crash’s neighbor who is nerdy and dorky. Another character is Crash’s grandpa, Scooter. The plot was very good also; it started out with Crash meeting Penn when they were about 6, ever since then he has always picked on him and messed with him. But something happens that changes everything; I’m going to leave it at that because I don’t want to spoil it.

Overall I recommend this book. It has a great plot to it. It’s hard to put down. Jerry Spinelli is a great author, he is very creative. I have read 2 of his books and they were both great. READ THIS BOOK! That is all. ~Andrew

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