Book Reviews of The Wave

The Wave
The Wave
Author: Todd Strasser
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440993711
ISBN-10: 0440993717
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 144
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
A very interesting story about a classroom experiment that went a little too far. Mr. Ross was trying to teach his class about a large group movement, but even he got too caught up, enjoying all to well the role ofthe "leader". Worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Really creepy; really good. I highly recommened this. They were talking about the case in my psych class. The reading is easy and engaging.
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Helpful Score: 2
Thought-provoking quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
thought-provoking-both my children loved it
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Helpful Score: 2
This is probably a good book for a 13-year-old, but not very engaging for an adult.
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Helpful Score: 2
I absolutely loved this book! It was very meaningful and was based upon a true story. It was creepy at times, but I highly advice everyone to read this!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a must read. I couldn't put it down once I stared.

I found it to be so disturbing how a repetition of actions used on a group of people can easily serve to brainwash them. Whether it be students, military or religious organizations, it's easily to be led like sheep into believing what you are told. The "everyone's doing it" becomes common place and those who don't agree are outsiders.

It's even more unsettling that this boo is based on actual events and that a teacher allowed it to continue knowing he was using Hitler's regime as the catalyst for the project. I was appalled at how the teacher, who was considered the leader of the Wave, just couldn't comprehend how things were getting out of hand. Especially when he hear students planning on getting more recruits for their cause and then having other students volunteer as his "bodyguard". He actually seemed to enjoy the power he was having.

The easy pull of fascism is brilliantly portrayed in this book and I am planning on doing some Googling on the original story that happened in Palo Alto, CA. It's a story that a person of any age can read and learn from.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this story. It is based on a real story.
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Great thoughts!
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When a history teacher decides to teach his students how the Nazis turned their back on the Jews everyone is in for a shock when the lesson goes to far.
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Helpful Score: 1
A chilling, amazing book about what could really happen any time (and already has). I recommend this book, and it is a must read for any history teacher, student, or anyone who likes World War II stories. [this book is not about world war II, but rather something related]
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The Wave is based on an incident that took place in a high-school history class in Palo Alto, CA, in 1969.
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Short, touching novella about the Holocaust
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This book is a must read. I couldn't put it down once I stared.

I found it to be so disturbing how a repetition of actions used on a group of people can easily serve to brainwash them. Whether it be students, military or religious organizations, it's easily to be led like sheep into believing what you are told. The "everyone's doing it" becomes common place and those who don't agree are outsiders.

It's even more unsettling that this boo is based on actual events and that a teacher allowed it to continue knowing he was using Hitler's regime as the catalyst for the project. I was appalled at how the teacher, who was considered the leader of the Wave, just couldn't comprehend how things were getting out of hand. Especially when he hear students planning on getting more recruits for their cause and then having other students volunteer as his "bodyguard". He actually seemed to enjoy the power he was having.

The easy pull of fascism is brilliantly portrayed in this book and I am planning on doing some Googling on the original story that happened in Palo Alto, CA. It's a story that a person of any age can read and learn from.
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This book greatly oversimplifies things, but it still gets the point across.