Holling made the varsity cross counry team in The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. What were his reasons for success?

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Holling Hoodhood is just a seventh grader in The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, and he is not expected to do particularly well in the tryouts for the junior high cross country team. He has been training a bit, however, so he is at least prepared to put up a decent showing. As it turns out, Holling does quite well.

One of the reasons for that is the help his teacher, Mrs. Baker, gives him. She was an Olympic runner and gives Holling pointers as well as encouragement. Another reason...

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