The Wave Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Wave is a book about a man named Ben Ross and his class.   Mr. Ross is teaching his class about the Holocaust, but they didn't understand, so he decided to do an experiment.   This experiment involved creating “The Wave”. The Wave's motto was “Strength through discipline.”   The Wave was made for just Mr. Ross' class, but soon they involved the whole school. In less than a week, the school was out of control. People were beating other people up if they didn't join the wave and turning on their best friends. Mr.Ross was in danger of being fired.
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The main characters in the book are Laurie, David, Ben Ross, and Amy.   Laurie from the beginning doesn't like the Wave, so she teams up with another kid to try to stop it by writing an article in the school newspaper. David is Laurie's boyfriend. He is in The Wave from the beginning, but when he hurts Laurie with out realizing it because of The Wave, he quits.   Amy is Laurie's best friend.   Amy comes to dislike Laurie because Laurie is fighting against The Wave.   Amy didn't see how wrong The Wave was until after it was over.   Ben Ross is the Leader of The Wave. He started The Wave, and once he saw how bad it had turned, he ended it and showed the students in The Wave that they had become just like the Nazis.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals Conflict:    -   Holocaust

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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