- Published: New York : Clarion Books, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Description: 360 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 850
- Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851. -- Fiction.
- Family life -- Fiction. -- New York (State) -- New York
- Family problems -- Fiction.
- Junior high schools -- Fiction.
- Friendship -- Fiction.
- Theater -- Fiction. -- New York (State) -- New York
- Coming of age -- Fiction.
- Broadway (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
- Humorous stories.
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Companion to "The Wednesday Wars."
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.
Gary Schmidt has crafted a heartfelt book with a believable and likable main character with a strong and entertaining voice. A cast of supporting characters that each shine with individuality and depth round out this story that is by turns sad, funny, and triumphant. While it is technically the sequel The Wednesday Wars, this novel can stand on its own. Readers will find themselves completely absorbed in Doug’s world as he becomes a character worth cheering for. Recommended for grades 5-8.
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