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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Review: The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

" Suspense and mystery are at the heart of this story..."
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publication Date: August 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrated by: Jason Beene
Pages: 256
Series: no
Acquisition: I received a free e-galley for review from the NetGalley

Max’s village is absolutely normal in every single way and on every single day—except Wednesday.
Most of the townsfolk shutter their windows and lock their doors to hide away from the many peculiar things that happen—things like cats getting stuck in the vacuum cleaner and birthday cakes meeting fiery and horrific ends. But Max is too curious for that, and so, breaking every rule in the village, he searches out the cause of all the Wednesday weirdness.
What he uncovers is a secret so devious—so dastardly and mischievous—that life as he knows it will never be the same. Max himself is not the same. Suddenly the mysterious little accidents so common on Wednesdays are happening to him on Thursdays, Fridays—even Saturdays!
What’s come over Max? And more importantly, is there any cure for a case of the Wednesdays?
Mystery, magic, mischief and monsters abound in this slightly fantastical story of a human kid who wants to stay that way. (from Goodreads)

My thoughts:
What an awesomely fun and cute book! I can really see young readers eating this one up.

Max lives in a town where every Wednesday it is perfectly normal for all townsfolk to close up shop, shut the blinds and stay inside no matter what! Misfortune abounds and it's much safer to stay indoors. When Max angers his mother and is sent out of the house one fine Wednesday afternoon, all the rules seem to change.

What are the Wednesdays exactly? Why are they tormenting the town? Why hasn't anyone tried to stop them before? Max yearns to know but when he seeks out his answers, he soon discovered that while he's been searching for Wednesdays the Wednesdays have been watching him.

Final verdict:
A real joy to read. Suspense and mystery are at the heart of this story and I for one was left guessing until the very end. I loved Max and I loved his friends. A motley group of people who, if it weren't for the Wednesdays would never have come together. They work together to help not only Max but the entire town as well.

I really got sucked into this story! I read an e-galley via NetGalley but this is one that I will be buying for sure. As soon as she's old enough to read it, I can really see my little one loving this story.

Overall Rating:
5 / 5 Stars


  1. The Wednesdays were so weird-I think I would have liked a little bit more about them to fully understand their place in the town. I don't know, I just wanted more.

  2. So glad you loved this one. I tried once and failed. I must try it again some day.


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