Ever get asked 'what's your favorite book?' My answer is usually 'I have lots of favorites.' When I was a kid I loved The Great Brain series and The Three Investigators books. As a teenager I loved both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but for different reasons. As an adult I loved the Harry Potter series, especially the first and the last. And classics like Robinson Crusoe and The Mysterious Island would be mentioned, and there are many histories and biographies I count among my favorites. One newer favorite I would probably mention consistently is The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.
Told from Holling's perspective, this is the kind of book I loved to read as a kid but which doesn't come along often enough. Whether you grew up in the 60s or are growing up now, it resonates with some of the ridiculous situations we sometimes find ourselves in - and the occasionally painful process of finding our way in the world. It's not all laughs and frequently I found myself drying my eyes, but Mr. Schmidt has an amazing way with words that makes the story personal. I liked it so much I got the audiobook for the family to listen to in the car - and it quickly became a favorite of the whole family. (The reader sounds similar to the narrator on "The Wonder Years" and reads the story perfectly, right down to the sarcasm often present in the text.)