The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

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What conflicts are in Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars?

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The Wednesday Wars is full of conflicts that surround the protagonist, Holling Hoodhood. One conflict that we are introduced to fairly early on in the book is the external conflict that exists between Holling and Doug Sweiteck’s brother. Sweiteck's brother is a bully through and through; however, Holling especially earns this guy's anger when he trips him during a pick up game of soccer.

Another conflict in the book is the conflict that exists between Holling and his sister, Heather. The book presents her as a stereotypical angst-filled, rebellious teenager. Pretty much everything about her family bothers her. The Hoodhood parents aren't going to win any awards for parenting, so it would make sense that Holling and Heather could likely share a bond; however, Heather is just as antagonistic to Holling as she is to her parents. The relationship slowly gets better throughout the book, and Heather finally sheds her hard heart after Holling is the one family member that works hard to get her...

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