The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

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What is the main lesson in The Wednesday Wars that the author wants readers to remember?

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The main lesson in The Wednesday Wars is that people are more complex than they first appear and that in order to get to know someone, you must move beyond superficiality. Holling Hoodhood, for example, first believes that Ms. Baker, his teacher, detests him because he is the only student who does not have Catholic or Jewish religious school on Wednesdays. As a result, Ms. Baker must watch him, and she initially gives him menial tasks. Over time, however, Holling realizes that Ms. Baker cares about him, as she encourages his interest in Shakespeare and baseball and cares for him when his parents do not. He also comes to understand that she has a complex home life,...

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Holling was able to stand up to his dad, and finally tell his dad that he doesn't want to be like his dad, but to be who he truly is.

 

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Love.

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