Friday, March 12, 2010

The Wave by Todd Strasser: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Wanting something short and sweet for this week's book, I found myself perusing my oldest daughter's shelf of books for Sonlight Core 300.  The Wave by Todd Strasser fit my short requirement, so I flipped it open and began reading.

Based on a true story about a high school in California in 1969, The Wave was also made into one of those ABC After-School Specials those in my age bracket grew up watching and I soon realized that I had, in fact, watched the TV movie as a teen.  That didn't stop me from becoming engrossed in the story once again.

It began as a simple experiment in a history class while studying World War II and the Nazi regime.  The students could not understand how the people of Germany could have allowed such atrocities to occur in their country.  Why didn't anybody stop it, how could a fascist minority have come to rule the majority?  Wrestling with this question himself, and unable to find any answers, their history teacher began an experiment called The Wave.  He never realized how far it would go, consuming the entire school, but at the end he had learned a valuable lesson right along with the students.

The quality of the writing is not great but the story just sucks you in, especially as it is based on reality.  There is a lot to take from this example and if my 14 year old does not use this curriculum, I will still be asking him to read this book.  Much food for thought here, much to discuss, and even though it was written in the 80's and occurred in the 60's- very timely.  Highly recommended for the content and discussion potential.

10/52

2 comments:

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Sounds interesting. Just added it to my wishlist.

Sherry said...

Thanks for participating in the Saturday Review at Semicolon.

If you're a poetry lover, I'd like to invite you (and your readers) to participate in the poetry survey that I'm doing. I'm looking for your ten favorite classic poems. Read more about it here.

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