How does Holling feel when his picture winds up in the news a second time in Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars?

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In the chapter titled "January" of Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, Holling is elated with the second picture of him that winds up on the front page of the Home Town Chronicle since the picture shows him as being a hero. He is especially elated with everyone's response to...

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In the chapter titled "January" of Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, Holling is elated with the second picture of him that winds up on the front page of the Home Town Chronicle since the picture shows him as being a hero. He is especially elated with everyone's response to the photo since the photo clearly erases from all memory his humiliating first photo.

At the start of the month, Holling is humiliated when a picture of him playing Ariel, dressed in bright yellow tights with white feathers on the backside, appears on the front page of the Home Town Chronicle. Doug Swieteck's brother takes it upon himself to cover the schools of the town with copies of the picture. Soon after Holling's humiliating picture appears everywhere, Holling sprints to rescue his sister from a bus sliding out of control on the icy road. His heroic moment is also caught on film and printed on the front page of the Home Town Chronicle. Holling describes that the picture made it look like he "really was flying," flying to his sister's rescue. He also relays that the headline under the photo read as follows:

Local Hero Holling Hoodhood Soars Across Intersection to Rescue Sister. ("January")

The next day, Holling arrives at school to discover that someone had replaced all copies of his earlier humiliating photo with copies of the new heroic photo. According to Holling, copies of the heroic photo could be seen everywhere. Holling also reflects on the feeling of pride he had walking into the school and seeing everyone grin at him because they were "glad to see [him]," the local hero.

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