"Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun. Me. (p.1)
November dripped onto Long Island, as it did every year. The days turned gray and damp, and a hovering mist licked everything. The perfect white cement in front of the Perfect House was always wet. (p.49)
"On Wednesday afternoons from now on, we will be reading Shakespeare together." ....Of all the strategies Mrs. Baker could come up with, this must be the worst. Teachers bring up Shakespeare only to bore students to death." (p.39-40)
"Pass those boys" (p.207)
Although many parts of this book talked about real events in history, such as the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King's speech and his assassination, it is not a true story, making it fictional.
The Wednesday Wars, written by Gary D. Schmidt, is a story about Holling Hoodhood and his friends during their 7th grade year at Camillo Junior High.
Holling lives in Long Island, New York, with his older sister and parents, in what his father describes as the Perfect House. His dad is an architect and is always pushing Holling to be on his best behavior, as it could affect their reputation in the town.
Because Holling is not in a religious class, he spends his Wednesdays with Mrs. Baker, whom he initially believes hates him. Mrs. Baker has Holling do chores such as clean the erasers, clean the rat cage, and extra reading assignments. However, Holling soon has a change of heart about Mrs. Baker.......
After Holling is not able to replace cream puffs eaten by the class rats, he is forced to act in the school Shakespeare play, which at first he is not happy about. However, Holling began to enjoy reading and practicing his lines.
By the end of the story, Holling and Mrs. Baker become friends, and she even comes to his track meet to cheer him on. This part of the story helped to support the overall theme that you should not judge someone by your first impression. Holling went from thinking Mrs. Baker hated him, but she actually was just trying to push him to be his best.