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Gr 4-6-Life is good in Max's quiet village, unless it's Wednesday. On that day of the week, if something can go wrong, it will. Cats are mysteriously vacuumed up and birthday cakes become giant conflagrations. Even the birds have exceptional accuracy, and Max V. Bernard, who is not scared of Wednesdays a bit, wants to know why. When he discovers the cause of all of the mischief, however, his friends and family soon find that every day is strange when he is around. Will parapsychologist Dr. Conkle-Smoak's increasingly peculiar theories actually produce results? Max's humanity itself may depend upon it. The story is well put together, and the supporting characters add flavor. There is enough of a mystery to keep most readers interested until the very end, and Max is a strong protagonist willing to face his problems head on.-Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"There is enough of a mystery to keep most readers interested until the very end, and Max is a strong protagonist willing to face his problems head on." —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375872868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375872860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Bush on December 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this at the library and decided to give it a try.
She left it open for a sequel and I sincerely hope she writes one!

I don't like spoilers in reviews, so will try to avoid them.
This book is just as entertaining for a "grownup" as it is for children.
The characters are both endearing and entertaining. The plot has a few moments of stagnation, but it is to develop a character or something that is going to happen latter. You aren't "left sitting" for very long, and when you are in the slower parts, it's still whimsical. Usually there is a nice even flow of suspense/conflict and the dread/chill factor. Something very eerie and dangerous is going on in this town and only the kids seem to understand the full depth and magnitude of it. It reminded me a bit of the children's books I've read by Rahl Dahl--the characture adults vs. the brave kids who ask questions and find adventure right under the grownup's noses. I'm not sure why nobody else thought it deserved five stars--I read slow, but finished this in a day because I could not put it down AND was sad to see it end.

I was going to buy this for my 10-year old niece for Christmas, but thought it was a bit scary for her. If your children were frightened by "Coraline" or "Goose Bumps Books", I would WAIT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookworm1858 VINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not entirely sure why I requested this book to read other than that I've enjoyed a lot of middle-grade stories lately so I'm always on the lookout for more to love.

The book is set in a small village that seems perfectly normal except for the fact that it completely shuts down on Wednesdays and everyone stays indoors to avoid the awful and peculiar things that happen otherwise. One exception is Max who loves the freedom that comes from no one else being around. At least he loves it, until he runs into literal Wednesdays and discovers that he is turning into one, a fate he desperately wishes to avoid.

Honestly this book was just fine but it didn't have that extra something special that gets a book onto my favorites shelf. I think that was partly because of its focus on the male gender, which may make this a great book for young boys who like that sort of thing. However I tend to prefer a female main character so it didn't work for me. Although girls used to be Wednesdays but no more, that element isn't really discussed or delved into. That might have given this book an extra punch that would have made me more interested.

I thought the writing was fun with a good sense of humor and pretty good pacing. It did get a little scary and tense toward the end but then I'm kind of a wimp so that very much depends on your own fortitude. The illustrations were cool and something I appreciated; I love getting that extra peek into an author's conception of characters and scenes. There are also some great passages about family as Max wants to stay human and be with his.

Overall: A fun adventure, one perhaps better suited for its target audience than adults.

Cover: Love that the dog Thursday is on the cover as the only character who can fend off the Wednesdays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PunkRockChick on November 4, 2012
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This is a fun adventure that mid to late elementary school kids (particularly boys) will thoroughly enjoy. If teachers still read aloud to their classes, this would be a great candidate and should engage the class and spark conversations.

It very much seemed to me like what would have happened to Max from the Wild Things if he had been older and the wild things had been much wilder...Max in this book is also a delightful boy who clearly loves his family despite his propensity to bend the rules. The working together with friends and trying to keep his own family and friends safe is endearing and definitely would make for good discussion with kids. I have three sons who are all older than this books' target audience, but it is the kind of book they would read and I would read along with them and then discuss. I hope there are other moms out there who do this with their sons!

It seemed to take a little long to get going....but once it did, full speed ahead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Young on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
On Wednesdays strange things happen in Max's town. Cars refuse to start, bumpers fall off, anything bad that can happen will. Most townsfolk stay inside their homes on Wednesdays and hope that nothing bad happens. On his birthday, Max irritates his parents until they put him outside with the Wednesdays.
Overall, I thought the book was a bit silly. But I think it is a perfect chapter book for younger children. It contains humor and a sense of danger that I think will excite and enthrall children. Overall, I thought it was well written and the characters were interesting and dynamic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Galloway on December 23, 2013
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This is a simple and short review of a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. As a reading specialist I found this book to be well-written, entertaining, and engaging for both boys and girls. I would highly recommend it. It is definitely going on the shelf as one of my new all-time favorites. Love the characters and the character development throughout the story.
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Max lives in a perfectly ordinary family in a perfectly ordinary village…that is, unless you happen to be there on a Wednesday. For reasons unknown, everything goes haywire on Wednesdays and anyone who goes outside runs the risk of having things go terribly wrong. To battle the bizarre bad luck, the whole village shuts down on the third day of the week, staying inside with the shutters closed tight.

While the rest of the village is content to hide from its fears, though, curious Max simply cannot stand to be confined. In an unprecedented move, he steals out of his house one Wednesday and spends the whole day in unrestrained, unlucky, and highly messy glory. His good fortune soon changes when he runs into the gang of gobliny creatures who are the cause of the town’s troubles every week. Worse still: their evil leader has chosen him to join their ranks. Now, even on non-Wednesdays, uncontrollable and bizarre things are happening to Max and the whole village is turning against him.

How can Max possibly hope to find a cure for his case of the Wednesdays? Will he be able to team up with friends to outsmart the devious creatures and stop himself from transforming into one of them?

The Wednesdays is a very funny, very mysterious tale with good action and intrigue. Older readers will root for Max as he fights for his freedom.

This review originally appeared on abookandahug.com
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