Thursday, July 8, 2010
Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Books
Author: Todd Strasser
Summary: The Wave is based on an incident that took place in a high school history class in Palo, Alto, California, in 1969.
Ben Ross and his history class are about to learn a lesson they will never forget.
As they study World War II, Ben Ross's students can't seem to understand how the German people could have followed Hitler and the Nazis. So Mr. Ross creates an experimental movement called The Wave. What begins in a single class room quickly gathers momentum. Before the end of the week, The Wave's motto, "Strength Through Discipline, Strength Through Community, Strength Through Action," governs the entire school. Only two students, Laurie Saunders and David Collins, recognize The Wave for what it is and set out to stop it before it's too late. But it history destined to repeat itself?
Based on a true story, The Wave is an empowering story of this high school.
To me, this story gives out a great message on being independant and don't follow what one 'leader' says just because it makes your life easier and you don't have to make decisions. Everyone has the freedom to decide what to do.
This book also gives the reasons why the Nazis just turned their heads and looked away during WWII. It's the perfect book to learn something about what could of happened during the whole Nazi thing.
During the book you follow a jock named David Collins, a good student named Laurie Saunders, their teacher Ben Ross and you see a character named Robert Billings the class nerd and loser.
This would be a great book for a history classroom or even a language arts class room because it will strike up a lot of conversation indeed.