The Wave (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969.



The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through...

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Overview

The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969.



The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action, " sweeps from the classroom through the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881039948
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 138
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Dufris have extensive experience on stage and screen.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Be an individual!!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Enlightening for grown-ups too

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    LOVE it.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    Good read, short but fun.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    A great book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Ewwww!!!

    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!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    This is amazing

    Short, but awesome!!! I highly reccomemd it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Gabz

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    I love it !

    The wave (book and miovie) are a very amazing, frigtening, and true story that i would recomend to people ages10+.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Grand

    Great book...
    Makes you wonder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Awful

    The hole story was pretty stupid. I get ts purpose and that it was real but Mr. Ross as dumb either way.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    AAAAMMMMAZZZING!!!!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    This book will teach you a good moral .

    You hrdly see schools do that .my language arts teacher just did what mr.ross did to his class.we had chanted.streghnt through unity communnity and diciplene.so whoever got a refeerll in the class we all get a referal.whoever got lunch detention the whole class got lunch detention.whoever got an f on there test the whole class got an f.every langaue arts class didnt like it .we didnt like what she was doing to us.we always came to school to learn aand to get a diploma when were gown up.i mean where just 8th graders here wher not in booth camp or jail.so i thimk what laurie did was right.dont do what someone tells you to do if you dont like it.or everything will get out of control.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Couldve been better

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Not what I expected

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    The wave

    This is an amazing book! I love it so much. A must read. <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    The book "The Wave" is an intriguing book to read at a

    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

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    My thoughts on The Wave: I thought The Wave was a good book but

    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’t think there was enough action in this book because there wasn’t any major fights or disruptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Very good story!

    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.

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