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Great Book for Upper Middle School Students
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
I have been a fan of Jerry Spinelli for a long time. I fell in love with Maniac Magee in my early years of teaching and have enjoyed everything he has written since. I do have to say his realistic fiction titles are more my jam, and his titles that are more realistic fantasy have not been as satisfying to me as a reader. With that said, Dead Wednesday will be a popular title with middle schoolers, in my opinion.
Dead Wednesday is about a school that plans a day at the end of the year where eighth grade students are assigned a persona for the day of a deceased teen from their state in order to encourage them to make future decisions that will keep them safe from dangerous teen behaviors. They are given a black t-shirt, a card with information about the deceased teen and the events surrounding their death, and are ignored by school staff and community members for the rest of the day to give them time to reflect on the tragic loss and how they might choose differently. The main character, Worm, is assigned a young woman, Becca, who was killed in a preventable Christmas Eve car accident. It is a thought-provoking story that challenges the reader to consider how our choices and decisions impact no only ourselves, but everyone around us.