The Wednesday Wars
by Gary Schmidt
This is another great book for middle school students. I can see why districts have this book as a novel study. The main character Holling Hoodhood enters seventh grade in 1967, and the book follows his very unique year. He grows and changes significantly while the world around him is as well. I appreciated his character and found myself always rooting for him during his many challenges like bullying, his father's idea that Holling would follow in his footsteps no matter what, his religious difference from his peers, etc. The story was funny and very heartwarming! I'm glad I finally took the time to read it as it was well worth it.