Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Wednesdays


One of the young patrons at my library recommended this one to me while we were out in the stacks looking for good books for him to read. I love how readers advisory goes both ways - I often find great books that I wouldn't have otherwise put on my reading list after talking books with people at my library.

This one is a solid middle reader fantasy, creepy and funny at the same time, about a town in which strange events happen on Wednesdays, inconvenient, "mostly harmless" things, such as cars breaking down, baked goods burning (or even catching fire), tea being switched with perfume. These pranks make adults angry, children scared, and everyone in town just stays inside on Wednesday, waiting for the day to end. Everyone, that is, but Max.

Max sneaks outside, curious about what actually happens on Wednesdays, but then he finds himself beset by the worst case of the Wednesdays ever - on every day of the week. Soon he has lost his friends (anyone who comes near him is beset by a catastrophe), and even his family relegates him to sleeping outside. Max must discover the secret behind the Wednesdays before it's too late.

This was a fun read with a likable protagonist and an interesting situation. It is never fully explained why this particular town has this unusual problem, nor how the fantastical elements actually work, but the story is certainly interesting, and I doubt most readers will be bothered by this. This would be a good choice for fans of the May Bird series or Buckley's NERDS series.

The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012)

Also reviewed at Book Chic Club

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