“I love Todd Strasser and his intense books. I zip through them and are completely engrossed in the world that he writes about. This book was incredibly disturbing much like his other books. Simulations in class are so much fun, but this one went too far. I couldn't believe that this event was based on a real story. It was scary to face human nature and how easily we comply to the mass. Far removed from the Nazi regime in history, we consider the Nazis to be inhumane. We think, "Of course I wouldn't do this!" But after reading this book, I think, "Can I stand up for what is right?"”Mari Ishii wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story of a high school teacher who conducts and experiment in his class to teach his students about what life was life for the Nazis. The experiment gets out of hand. This book is based on a true story. It was very eye-opening. Every teacher should read it.”Collett Skaggs wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book has a strange plot,but overall a good book.
“Awesome book. About how a Social Studies teacher is trying an experiment with his classes. I read this in summer school. The teacher Ben Ross was sick of his students not paying attention so he came up with a new plan to discipline his classes”Erica wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow! I saw this book as a tv special as a child . I just read the book for the first time. It shows how people can follow a bad leader so easily.”Mrs. Davis wrote this review Saturday, October 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The wave is a fiction book about A classroom experiment that went wrong, but is based on a true story. It is a about Laurie Sanders, a high school girl which helps stop a history experiment that went too wrong. Laurie's history class was led by Ben Ross, a fun teacher who never stopped on anything. Once they were watching a video on nazi Germany, and students were shocked the soldiers just followed orders. Ben Ross wanted to try an experiment and created his own society called the wave. It evolved and went out of control, but Laurie sanders Didn't want to be in it because she thought it will cause problems. It Did, and it had to be stopped. It was stopped by Ben Ross, who proved why the nazis could just follow orders. This is a very interesting book for 12-14 year olds and I would recommend it for a friend. overall I would give it an 8.5 out of 10.”daniel s. wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about a class learning about the Nazis and WWII that take an experiment too far. My favorite character is Laurie because, throughout the entire novel, she maintained her personality, her individuality and stood up for her beliefs even thought all her friends became fascists, blindly following the crazy rules of their teacher. To make this book better, I would have made the ending less of a cliff-hanger and more detailed than abrupt.
“This novelization of a TV movie, itself based on an actual event that took place in a late-1960s california high school, is intended for a teenage audience, but may be read with profit by adults, as well. The book retells the story of a high school teacher whose attempt to demonstrate to his questioning students how a civilized people like the Germans could violate the basic ethical precepts of not only their own civilization, but those of basic humanity as well, goes awry. When explanations failed to answer the question of how Hitler could (mostly) peacefully seize power, this teacher creates a method of classroom discipline he called 'The Wave.' By instilling orderliness - students had to be in their seats and silent within 30 seconds of the bell, had to stand to speak, begin every question with, "Mr. Jones..." and so forth, he created a sense of purpose and community rapidly. The experiment spread, spontaneously, throughout the school, and one former outcast mastered the system so well that his social standing improved, as did his dress and appearance. This group-think experiment had to be ended, and the teacher chose a method of doing so that drove home the point of this effective and unintentionally dangerous experiment. (Not wanting to spoil the ending, I won't tell you how what he did.) The point of the experiment, as of the book, is that even otherwise free and rational minds may easily be manipulated into accepting at least some aspects of fascism. This is a lesson that must be learned and internalized by every generation, lest the lack of such understanding open the door to its' rise here.”Lloyd Conway wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alright.”Madi o; wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“1969 is the year, Gordon Unsatisfied with his own inability to answer his students' earnest questions of how and why, Mr. Ross initiates the experiment in hopes that it answers the question of why the Germans allowed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party to rise to power, acting in a manner inconsistent with their own pre-existing moral values.high is the school! Mr. Ross is the history teacher there! ”josh baires wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No