The Wednesday Wars

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 10+

Clever Book

I read this aloud to my 9 year old and we loved it. In fact, we binge read it over 5 days. It made us laugh, cry and think. It's a very clever and funny book with references to Shakespeare, American History and 1960's pop culture running through a story a normal kid growing up in 1960s America. It led to a multitude of discussions and questions - we are not American so probably a few more unfamiliar references for my son than others. We've been discussing characters' points of view, religion, important history events, politics and quoting Shakespeare ever since. I love it when a book expands his world, makes him think and makes him feel something. I'd say my son relates to the main character too, being just a normal kid growing up and navigating life. He also found it really exciting and enjoyed how so many events had build ups and climaxes, rather than just one toward the end. I do wonder if some of the poor reviews from others are because the readers haven't had an opportunity to discuss the complex themes and backdrop to the story? I guess not everyone would get the dry sense of humour and subtle jokes throughout. I highly recommend it but understand how it may not appeal to all.

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Educational value
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age 13+


It would get boring but, would then get spiced up someone said

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