The Wave

The Wave

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ISBN-13: 9780440993711
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1981
Series: Laurel-Leaf Bks.
Edition description: New
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 113,960
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Todd Strasser is the author of more than 120 novels for young adults and middle graders. He lives in a suburb of New York. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.

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The Wave (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 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!!!!!!!
farfromkansas on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I first heard about The Wave when I was a grad student at Stanford University: one of our professors spent half a class session talking about a ¿classroom experiment¿ that had happened in Palo Alto, and what the students (as well as the community) learned from the experience. That teacher, Ron Jones, was a celebrated instructor at a Palo Alto high school and his attempt to teach the students about Nazi Germany resulted in a truly singular life lesson that cannot be replicated. In an attempt to recreate the experience of Jones¿s students, Todd Strasser has written The Wave, a thinly-veiled fictionalization of the event; however, while this is novel is a valiant attempt to retell the events of that Palo Alto classroom, the power of the novel comes primarily from the retelling of Jones¿s teaching and lesson, not from the novel¿s prose.In Strasser¿s novel, a young teacher named Ben Ross creates a culture of ¿discipline, community, and action¿ (called ¿The Wave¿) within his classroom in order to teach his students about the creation of a fascist society. Much to the surprise of Ross and some of his students, The Wave quickly takes on a life of its own¿ and threatens to spiral out of control. Although the novel might seem to veer off into unrealistic fiction (calling to mind echoes of George Orwell¿s dystopian societies), the text never deviates from the events that actually occurred in the classroom of Ron Jones in the late 1960¿s. Nevertheless, young students today might find kindred souls within Strasser¿s believable (albeit two-dimensional) characters, even though the author never fully fleshes out the characters. The biggest weakness of the novel is actually Strasser, himself: the quality of his writing never fully matches the strength of the story: while the prose often feels artless and clunky, it is the plot itself that carries the novel through to its powerful conclusion.Like Ben Ross¿s 12th-graders in the novel, many students today might wonder how Hitler managed to enthrall so many young people with the Nazi movement; The Wave allows adolescent students the opportunity to see firsthand how such a movement is capable of building up so much momentum. While the prose of The Wave might seem too stilted and unnatural for a high school audience, the book could be very successfully taught in a middle school classroom; in this way, a teacher might be able to make the distant horrors of the Holocaust and World War II come to life for students in a very realistic, believable fashion.
iluvvideo on LibraryThing 5 months 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!
jensha on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Interesting and short read about a high school teachers experiment with group conformity. How quickly young minds can be swayed, making it all to obvious how the Hitler Youth movement existed and how "thousands watched and did nothing". Really powerful for a group discussion ... maybe as a read-aloud in class. Now quite dated -- technology and the lives of high schoolers and their teachers.
heike6 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It is short, and it seemed to be on everyone's reading list this past summer. It also sounded interesting, despite the fact that it is a "novelization of a teleplay [...] based on a short story." It is about a high school history class experiment in 1969 that a teacher started in order to help the students understand how the Nazis rose to power. The experiment got a little out of control, but the book ended well with a solid lesson. I couldn't think of a better way for kids to learn this lesson, and I highly recommend the book. It is very realistic and is written in a manner that any middle or high school student would understand as a modern high school experience.
keristars on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Apparently this book is highly recommended for adolescents because of its lessons about peer pressure and bullying, or somesuch. It was an assigned book in my adolescent literature class, which seemed odd: it purports to be either a novelization of a movie based on a true story, or a novel based on a true story - I haven't been able to find out which. Either way, it reads like a novelization of a movie, as though someone were translating a movie script to more regular prose, complete with product placement advertising. Perhaps it has some good lessons for adolescents that a book like "Lord of the Flies" doesn't, but I couldn't get past the feeling that I was reading a made-for-tv movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good book has a lot of history references and this is the perfect book for you. It’s a very easy read. I think this book is perfect for any age. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
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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