A dynamic character is one who changes throughout the story as a result of overcoming the conflict of the story. Since the protagonist is the character who battles against and overcomes the conflict, a protagonist will always be a dynamic character. In Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, protagonist Holling Hoodhood is a dynamic character because he changes as a result of overcoming the central conflict, which concerns his lack of bravery. We see Holling change in many ways as he develops into a braver person. One way in which we see him change concerns his relationship with his sister, Heather Hoodhood.
At the start of the story, when Holling goes to his sister to tell her he thinks his teacher, Mrs. Baker, "hates [his] guts," Heather gives the following reply:
Then, Holling, you might try getting some [guts]. ("September")
All throughout the story, getting guts, meaning developing courage, is exactly what Holling does.
One way in which Holling demonstrates courage is by rescuing his sister from being hit by a school bus that was sliding out of control on the icy road. He rescues her a second time towards the end of the novel, a rescue moment which also brings them closer together.
Tired of being belittled and thwarted by her father, who won't let her attend Columbia University, Heather leaves for California with her hippie boyfriend Chit in order to "find herself" ("May"). Soon, Heather phones her brother to report that she is stranded in Minneapolis, without Chit and with only four dollars, which would certainly not be enough to buy a bus ticket to New York City for $44.55. Holling decides to cash the $100 savings bond he won for coming in first place at the Salibury Park cross-country race. He then wires it to his sister at Western Union. His sister arrives at the Port Authority in New York City late Saturday morning. Their father refuses to help Heather by "driving all the way into the city on a Saturday," but Meryl Lee calls, and her father offers to drive Holling to Port Authority. When his sister's bus arrives, Holling is there to help her get home. When they hug each other, she expresses worry that she wouldn't find Holling in New York, to which Holling replies:
I was standing right here, Heather. . . I'll always be standing right here ("May").
That night at dinner, Mr. Hoodhood asks Heather if she found herself. Holling further reveals their closeness, a major change for both Holling and Heather, by responding, "she found me."