The Wave: [a Novel]

The Wave: [a Novel]

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by Todd Strasser

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In an experiment about power and discipline, students form a group called The Wave which quickly turns into a nightmare, threatening students who refuse to join. Will anyone see how dangerous The Wave has become?


In an experiment about power and discipline, students form a group called The Wave which quickly turns into a nightmare, threatening students who refuse to join. Will anyone see how dangerous The Wave has become?

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Professor of Education Arizona State University Dr. David Moore taught high school social students and reading in Arizona public schools before entering college teaching. He currently teaches secondary school teacher preparation courses in adolescent literacy. He co-chaired the International Reading Association's Commission on Adolescent Literacy and is actively involved with several professional associations. His twenty-five year publication record balances research reports, professional articles, book chapters, and books. Noteworthy publications include the International Reading Association position statement on adolescent literacy and the Handbook of the Reading Research chapter on secondary school reading. Recent books include Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading (2nd ed.) and Principled Practices for Adolescent Literacy.

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Professor, College of Education Temple University Dr. Michael Smith joined the ranks of college teachers after eleven years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on how experienced readers read and talk about texts, as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing both in and out of school. He has written eight books and monographs, including "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, for which he and his co-author received the 2003 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. His writing has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, English Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Literacy Research, and Research in the Teaching of English.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education Northern Illinois University Dr. Alfred Tatum began his career as an eighth-grade teacher, later becoming a reading specialist and discovering the power of texts to reshape the life outcomes of struggling readers. His current research focuses on the literacy development of African American adolescent males, and he provides teacher professional development to urban middle and high schools. He serves on the National Advisory Reading Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is active in a number of literacy organizations. In addition to his book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, he has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and Principal Leadership.

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The Wave (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 141 reviews.
iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
A fictionalized account of real life events. A high school teacher dismayed by his students laid back, disinterest to his lesson about Hitler and the Holocaust decides to try an experiment. What if, a society could be invented, stressing group conformity vs. individual thought; social equality for all members; and rigid adherence to discipline? And so began the Wave. At first all seemed well. More attentive students, more material covered, increased group and individual pride and most of all a sense of belonging. Sounds good, huh? But at what cost? If in fact I did not know that this in fact DID happen (Ron Jones 1967), with disastrous results I would not have believed it still possible. However, such groups offer some gains, but can also invite mindless conformity, violence and even mob rule. Hopefully this book helps teach a very important lesson to us all. Be yourself, whatever that may be. And even more importantly, think for yourself. We'll all be better off if you do!
nyrich More than 1 year ago
This book was assigned to my daughter for 7th Grade English and I was intrigued by its concept, so decided to read it. I have no regrets. It is undoubtedly young reader fare, but that just makes it a quick read for grown-ups. It does not in any devalue the story contained therein. This is a lesson that adults should read as well, particularly those who blindly follow a person or an ideology without considering whether he/it is right for them or supports their values. Sometimes the simplest parable is the most powerful lesson of all.
Amanni More than 1 year ago
I read this book in many different grades in elementary and high school. I loved it every time I read it. It's a fascinating read, definitely recommended for everyone! Also - this book is muccccchhhh better than any movie version they've ever some out with.
Lil_Nil More than 1 year ago
I liked this novel. It caught my interest early and if you like a book that requires a familiarity with history, this is a good book. I'd recommend this book for any of my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for summer reading and I couldn't take my eyes off it. After every chapter I wanted to learn what would happen next. I finished it before summer came! It's a very good book and I suggest to anyone to read it because it teaches a life-long lesson. If you have nothing to do on a rainy day, I suggest that you read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, but awesome!!! I highly reccomemd it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wave (book and miovie) are a very amazing, frigtening, and true story that i would recomend to people ages10+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book... Makes you wonder.
B-RAD95 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! My teacher made my class read one of two books this book or The Giver. But since I have already read The Giver I choose The Wave but my teacher said I had to read The Giver so I asked if I could have a copy of The Wave to read at home. I couldn't put it down. It really shows how people can get carried away and go to far even if they are with good intentions. Like they say history is bound to repeat its self. Thank god it wasn't on that large a scale as Nazism was but it was still bad. But the book was excellent and shows how something like that can come between people, cause controversy in your mind, and cause violence. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered how your school would be if it turned its thinking the way Adolf Hilter did to the Jews. Well Mr. Ross taught the students the way of life ruled by Adolf Hitler. This lead to the effect that Adolf Hilter had on all of his soldiers. Giving the student the knowledge of how he really got his whole entire party. To follow him and his ways. Middle School students and Up will enjoy this book if you like History and WW2 and the rise and fall of the Nazis and the Jews.If you have not read this book, READ IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school beacuse it was part of an assignment. At first I thought it would be a fun book to read and it sounded interesting. Then when I finished the book i was so dissapointed. It was a total waste of time. The Wave was a dumb experiment that these immature students took way too seriously. I understand that this is based on a true story but it seems so unrealistic. The characters seem so gullible an codependent. It was as if the needed the Wave to survive and they couldnt think or do anything for themselves. Over all, I think that the author could have done a better job. THIS BOOK SUCKED!!!!!!!
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Nice book so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strasser is a GREAT author which is what drew my attention to "The Wave" but it was way worse than what I expected. Not at all what I wanted. "The Wave" was boring cause it didnt have "hype".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the reviews I read I was very intrigued by this book and went on to reading it. I felt it was very unintresting, the plot felt very underdeveloped and the story felt rushed. I didn't really feel a connection to the charecters. If you have little to no knowlegde on the holocaust I think this book is for you but on the other hand if you know a lot about the holocaust I would advise to skip this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I love it so much. A must read. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book &quot;The Wave&quot; is an intriguing book to read at all ages. Mr. Ross is the senior's class history teacher trying to teach a lesson about the Holocaust and Germany. The students are uninterested in the class but Mr. Ross comes up with a solution. He creates a experiment called The Wave. He puts them through what the young Nazi's training. Soon after the start of the experiment the whole school hears about it and it gathers momentum. Only few students see how The Wave is turning out to be like Germany. Can they stop it in time? All in all I really enjoyed the book. It kept me wondering through out the book. It shows an important message about being yourself and think for yourself. - AshleyAE15
ekcrlc_obsessed More than 1 year ago
My thoughts on The Wave: I thought The Wave was a good book but the beginning was confusing you just have to keep reading. After a few chapters it gets easer to understand. This book has a great description on the characters and the setting. There was only on bad part in this book, it was how much action there is, I didn&rsquo;t think there was enough action in this book because there wasn&rsquo;t any major fights or disruptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give the story and message a 5! The book was good, but it could have been written better. The language seemed like a fifth grade reading level, and i read this book for a tenth grade history class. Also, it was kinda predictable, especily towards the end. The book as a whole was good because of the strong storyline, message, and charactors; it just could have been written better. I would recommend this to someone as a good read, not just for school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book. Very insightful but still fun and cool to think about
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wave teaches a good leeson. It is not boring, like most books of this type. I will intrigue even those who loath to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago