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The Wednesday Wars Characters

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Holling Hoodhood
the lead character, a seventh grader at Camillo Junior High
Heather Hoodhood
Holling's older sister, a would-be social revolutionary.
Mr. Hoodhood
Holling's father, a very ambitious architect.
Mrs. Hoodhood
Holling's mother, a passive figure.
Doug Sweiteck
another seventh grader, one who tries to cause trouble
Doug Sweiteck's brother
an older boy whom Holling trips during a soccer game.
Mrs. Sidman
teacher/administrator with bright red/orange hair.
Ben Cummings
a friend of Holling's who moved away.
Ian MacAlister
another friend of Holling's who moved away.
Pastor McClellan
the Presbyterian preacher.
Meryl Lee Kowalski
a seventh grader who has long loved Holling.
Mai Thi
a Vietnamese girl sponsored by the Catholic Relief Agency.
Danny Hupner
other seventh grader, and one of Holling's friends.
Mr. Guareschi
—the dictatorial principal.
Mr. Petrelli—the ditto-crazy geography teacher.
the ditto-crazy geography teacher.
Mrs. Edna Bigio—the school cook who bakes cream puffs.
he school cook who bakes cream puffs.
Mr. Venderli
the school's custodian.
Miss Violet
the school's choir director.
Coach Quatrini
the gym and cross-country coach.
Mrs. Betty Baker
Holling's strict English teacher and foe.
Mr. Benjamin Goldman
the Shakespeare-loving owner of Goldman's Best Bakery.
Mr. Mercutio Baker
owner of the Baker Sporting Emporium.
Mr. Kowalski
Meryl Lee's father, and a competing architect with Mr. Hoodhood.
Mr. Bradbrook
chairman of the school board.
Mickey Mantle
the great Yankee outfielder who refuses to sign an autograph for Holling.
Joe Pepitone
opular Yankee first baseman and outfielder.
Horace Clarke
— a Yankee second baseman.
Sycorax and Caliban
wo escaped rats, named after characters from The Tempest.
Setting
1967 Camillo Junior High on Long Island, in New York, the "Perfect House." and The third setting is the novel's pervasive backdrop—Vietnam War-era America.
Theme 1
Transformation The Wednesday Wars is primarily a story about Holling Hoodhood coming of age.
Theme 2
Love and Friendship
What was inside the wooden box that Mrs.baker pulled out from her desk drawer?
Inside the drawer was a wooden box inside which was the silver medal which Mrs. Baker had won in the women's 4X100 meters relay in the 16th Olympics at Melbourne in the year 1956.
What are two thoughts that holling included in his prayers after lighting a candle with mrs.baker in st adelberts church?
he prays also that he can include so many prayers with just one candle. He prays that an atomic bomb does not drop on any of the "architectural points of interest" in the town. He also prays for Lieutenant Baker in Vietnam, for Danny Hupfer in Hebrew School and for his sister who was driving to California in hopes that she would find herself.
What was the year the wesneday wars took place?
The Wednesday Wars took place during the Vietnam War witch is in 1967.
Summary
On Wednesdays afternoons half of Holling's class leaves school early for Catechism class. The other half leaves early for Hebrew School. That leaves Presbyterian Holling alone every Wednesday afternoon with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Neither of them is happy at the prospect, and Holling is sure Mrs. Baker hates him as a result. At first Mrs. Baker just has Holling clean erasers, but then decides to make better use of the time by introducing him to Shakespeare. And as events in the larger world during the 1967-'68 school year unfold in the background, Holling begins to learn about himself, his family, friends, and the mysterious adult world.