The Wave

Todd Strasser

Story Elements

The Wave takes place in Gordon High School during the past. The main conflict in the story is the students took interest in WWII and cant seem to understand it, so Mr.Ross creates and educational movement called The Wave. The book begins with students learning about the Nazis and Hitler in a history class. Pick up the book to find out what happens!
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Character Analysis

The main character is Laurie Saunders. Three words to describe the main character are leader, smart, and outgoing. The character is motivated by Mr. Ross because she wants her to be a leader for The Wave since shes smart, and she is also outgoing and funny for the students to like the club. I like the main character because shes a good person to the students around her and takes everyone towards the right direction. The relationship between Laurie Saunders and David Collins is great because they both get along and share many similarities, which is keeping them together.
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The theme of the novel is the desire for power and success, while education is still mentioned. One example that supports the theme is that David believes that The Wave will help the football team cooperate. Another example is that Brad used to tease Robert, however The Wave seemed to solve the problem and they became friends. A third example from the book is that the school newspaper encouraged other students to speak out about The Wave, which inspired students to be nice to Robert. A final example that supports the theme is that The Wave had to be led by a leader, but the best way to deal with that was not to change a person but having people think before accepting them.
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I rate the book an 8 out of 10 because I didn't really understand the book, and it wasn't a fun book to read. Teens could relate to this novel because it talks a lot about friendship and a good lesson about WWII.
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