Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

Max lives in a small village that is normal on every day of the week except Wednesdays.  On Wednesdays the townspeople lock themselves into their houses and keep their curtains closed.  Even locked away, Wednesdays are filled with mishaps and accidents.  One Wednesday Max decides to leave his house and find the wednesdays who cause so many problems.  He runs into Ninety-eight, a seemingly friendly wednesday who doesn't have any answers about what the other wednesdays do.  After spending one Wednesday outside suddenly people around Max are beset with accidents.  And when Max meets wednesday Two, Max is told that he is "Next" - the next boy to be turned into a wednesday.  Max and his friends only have a few weeks to discover how to save Max and find out where the wednesdays go when it is "not Wednesday".  This is a somewhat odd book.  I'm not sure I loved it overall but I was interested throughout to see what was going to happen.  The ending is a bit ominous, as well, and I do like a little twist to keep you guessing.