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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (21 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322605
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morton Rhue is the pen name of successful American children's writer Todd Strasser. Born in New York in 1950, Todd has had more than 140 children's and young adult books published. His most well-known book is The Wave which is a fictionalized account of a fascinating teaching experiment in a California high school in 1967. It was made into a film. Todd continues to live in New York state and has a grown-up family.


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The original experiment had fascinating results that said more about the mass psychology of fascism than William Reich ever did. This novelisation of the experiment (a first?) is a slight, easy to read work that is rather simplistic in its' characterisation and conclusions. If you are expecting great literature you will be disappointed. It is perhaps aimed primarily at the inteligent end of the teenage market. It is entertaining and thought provoking and well worth a quick read. I got through it in three hours straight and at the very least it whetted my appetite for the forthcoming German film of the same name and subject.
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I read this book quite a while ago just in passing, but it immediately hit me. It explains how people got caught in up in the Hitler Youth for example. This book really brought home to me how dangerous mob rule and certain organisations can be, especially with the power aspect.
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The Wave is about a real-life story of a Californian history teacher who embarked on a social experiment with his Senior High School Class to show them the true meaning of Nazism. But what started as an experiment soon becomes a terrifying reality, with students clamouring to join the Wave for its solidarity. It's not long before those who don't want to joing are being threatened and victimised, even assaulted...

This is a slight book, weighing in at only 140-odd pages. That felt about right, but what didn't feel right was the simplistic level of writing. The author has written about a sophisticated and highly complex subject in a somewhat dumbed down manner. At times, I felt a little patronised; I'm sure teenagers (who I presume are the book's target demographic)would do as well. If not by the sentence structure than by the stereotypical characters.

Yet the story is compelling and made all the more frightening by the fact this really happened. It reminded me of The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross, to some extent - except when I reread that children's book recently, I didn't feel quite so talked down to.

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I am a 16 year old high school student. I first heard about "The Wave" when I saw it as a play 11 years ago. I later on did a good amount of research on the book and found it extremely capturing! I especially touched me since I encounter peer pressure almost everyday and because of my Jewish background I can fully relate to those characters who opposed the experiment. I believe everyone, young or old ought to read the book and be fully aware of what brainwashing and manipulating has and could turn into.
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Based on a real-life incident that ocurred in the USA in 1969, 'The Wave' recounts the story of an idealistic young history teacher who encourages his students to see how the herd mentality and brainwashing can lead to fear and oppression. Intriguing and powerful, if somewhat simplistic, this novel shows how what started out as a game swiftly became something far more sinister.
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 1999
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"The Wave" is a reality-based story from the end of the sixties, and it's actually quite well done for beeing written by someone who wasn't actually there. I don't even think I would have found the story believable if I hadn't known it was for real. The book is quite easily read but there's nothing spectacular about the author's writing style. The strength of this book lies in the fact that it's true. So many people, so very, very wrong. However, it's not anywhere NEAR flawless; the whole thing feels kind of adapted for English talking highschool kids. Fortunately, this can only cast a small shadow upon the important message; things happen, but only if you let it.
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What an amazing story! The worst or best thing about it is that it is based on a true event. Proves how powerful 'suggestion' is and how careful we need to be when being a leader. But also, could we not harness this for good?
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In my opinion, The Wave was a powerfully moving book. It talked about how some things in history were so powerful, that even today they can cause horrid actions to take place. Last year my eighth grade class read this book and I think that not one person wasn't effected in some way by this book. It also taught me ever more about the horrible things that happened in WW2 and about Hitler's power. If you want a fiction book that not only is entertaining, but is very informative at the same time, read The Wave
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