THE WAVE BOOK

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The Wave is a young adult novel by Todd Strasser under the pen name Morton Rhue It is history class in Palo Alto, California. The novel by Strasser won the Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult literature. The Wave book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Wave is based on a true incident that occurred in a high school his. The Wave Mass Market Paperback – September 15, The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in This item:The Wave by Todd Strasser Mass Market Paperback $


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Mr. Ross is a high school history teacher. He wants to teach his students about Hitler and the Nazis, so he starts a class team, the Wave. Based on a true story. Nights were named American Library Association Best Book for. Young Adults. He is also The Wave is based on a true incident that occurred in a high school . It's a movie! It's a short story! It's a book! It's a scary classroom experiment! It's The Wave! Todd Strasser's novel The Wave didn't start off as a book. It began.

October Fitting in[ edit ] Fitting in is as important a theme as any considering an movement is nothing without people; for without people to carry the movement forward it becomes nothing more. The reason the Wave was met with such success is because it made people feel like they belonged, like they were becoming a part of something higher than themselves.

Another important reason people were so eager to join the Wave was because many of their friends were doing it, and they didn't want to be left out of such a huge fad.

Power corruption[ edit ] It is said that absolute power corrupts absolutely, which appears to be the case for Ben Ross. Aside from overall student enthusiasm, one huge reason as to why the Wave lasted as long as it did was because Ben Ross felt like he was being respected for the first time. He loved how eager his students were to learn his material, but nothing he was in love with the power that came with their respect.

And according to Ben, "it's amazing how much more they like you when you make decisions for them". History's repeating of itself[ edit ] An old saying has it that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it, and this seems to very well be the case for those involved in the Wave.

The students don't understand why the Nazis did what they did and some of them downright disregard the events ever having happened. And those who are aware that these events actually did happen doubt the possibility of something as horrific as the Holocaust ever happening again, though little did the students know; the Wave was beginning to turn into a mini Third Reich.

The Wave has many different themes but this is probably by far the most reasonable. Characters[ edit ] Laurie Saunders : Main protagonist of the novel, straight A student and head of her high school newspaper, The Gordon Grapevine.

Initially supports the Wave but as the novel progresses she begins to see it for what it really is, a mini revival of the Third Reich. Because Laurie sees the Wave for what it is that she chooses to distance herself from it and all those who are involved which subsequently causes her to be branded as an "enemy".

Amy Smith: Laurie's long time friend, in constant competition with Laurie, which puts a strain on their friendship; a strain which finally comes to a boil when the Wave is in full swing and Laurie is no longer "special.

Described as creepy and weird, "he was a heavy boy with shirttails perpetually hanging out and his hair always a mess". It is through the Wave that Robert is able to step out of his brother's shadow and establish his own personality even though the Wave is all about unity , hence why Robert is really the only one who actually stands to lose something after the downfall of the Wave.

David Collins Laurie's boyfriend, described as "a tall, good-looking boy who was a running back on the football team". David, who has been in The Wave since the beginning, tries to get her to stop bad-mouthing it.

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He eventually shoves her to the ground and this makes him realize how dangerous The Wave really is. Now united in the belief that The Wave must be stopped, Laurie and David go to the Ross home in order to convince Ben Ross to terminate the program. He tells them he will do exactly that, but that they must trust his moves the next day. He calls a Wave meeting in the auditorium and requests that only Wave members be present.

They gather in a similar fashion to the Nazi rallies, even equipped with banners and armbands emblazoned with the Wave.

Ben tells The Wave members that they are only one in many schools across the nation that is involved in the Wave, and that they are about to see the leader of the whole organization and that he is going to speak to all of them on television to create a National Wave Party for Youths.

Everyone is shocked when Mr. Ross projects the image of Adolf Hitler.

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He explains that there is no leader, and that there is no National Wave Party. If there were a leader, it would be the man on the projection screen. He explains how their obedience led them to act like Nazis. The shocked students drop all their Wave-branded trinkets and items, and slowly leave the room.

As Ben turns to leave, the one person who really flourished in the Wave, Robert, is standing alone, upset that The Wave ended. During The Wave, he was finally accepted as an equal, no one picked on him, and he had friends, but his new-found social status is now worthless without.

Fitting in is as important a theme as any considering an movement is nothing without people; for without people to carry the movement forward it becomes nothing more. The reason the Wave was met with such success is because it made people feel like they belonged, like they were becoming a part of something higher than themselves. Another important reason people were so eager to join the Wave was because many of their friends were doing it, and they didn't want to be left out of such a huge fad.

It is said that absolute power corrupts absolutely, which appears to be the case for Ben Ross. Aside from overall student enthusiasm, one huge reason as to why the Wave lasted as long as it did was because Ben Ross felt like he was being respected for the first time. Joan Lingard. Dodie Smith.

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New Releases. The Wave. Description The Wave is based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school, when a teacher wanted to demonstrate the dangers of propoganda and group-think.

It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. Laurie isn't sure what to make of 'The Wave'. It had begun as a simple history experiment to liven up their World War II studies and had become a craze that was taking over their lives.

Laurie's classmates are changing from normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics. Laurie's friends scoff at her warnings but she knows she must make them see what they have become before it's too late. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults.

From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths.Described as creepy and weird, "he was a heavy boy with shirttails perpetually hanging out and his hair always a mess". As one character, David, says to Laurie while trying to convince her to shut up about The Wave: It's The Wave!

Open Preview See a Problem? Aside from overall student enthusiasm, one huge reason as to why the Wave lasted as long as it did was because Ben Ross felt like he was being respected for the first time.

Ross considers this and plans an experiment: An old saying has it that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it, and this seems to very well be the case for those involved in the Wave.

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