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The Wave [Paperback]

Rhue Morton
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21 Jun 2007

Laurie isn't sure what to make of 'The Wave'. It had begun as a simple history experiment to liven up their World War II studies and had become a craze that was taking over their lives. Laurie's classmates were changing from normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics. 'The Wave' was sweeping through the school - and it was out of control. Laurie's friends scoff at her warnings but she knows she must make them see what they have become before it's too late.

Based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (21 Jun 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141322608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322605
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morton Rhue is the pen-name of Todd Strasser. He was born in New York in 1950 and is the author of more than 120 novels for young adults and children.

The Wave was made into a film in 1984, and has been translated into many different languages.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling book 25 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 19 Sep 2008
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wave 1 Jun 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Waving not drowning 6 May 2009
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 12 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great. 26 Feb 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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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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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This book touched me in a way that I could only explain as Inspiring. I am one who has never considered myself as a follower more a leader in my own state of mind, Yet others who consider themselves as diverse tend to search for ways to make it in their society, and while on this expedition loose faith in search of and answer and as a result loose their pride, dignity and independence as to appose to who they really are. I am a student who has been to a lot of schools and I see students "Placing their trust and faith in other students hands." This is a book with a meaning which could only be described as ambiguous. The meaning may be interpreted in different ways nevertheless this is one way it is interpreted and for that I think is the reason why so many teachers around the world choose this book as a study novel. It also explains the Nazi Movement in a less old School style and shows how easy it is for one to get caught up in themselves to feel superior to be living the worst sin in the world, vanity . This book is absolutely a gem and is recommended for the knowledge seeking reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, lent my original copy to a friend ...
Brilliant book, lent my original copy to a friend which wasn't returned. Just had to have a copy. Very interesting,
Published 1 month ago by Ebony S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone who ever wondered how WW2 began
Delighted to give this book to my niece, recommended by a German friend as the best explanation on WW2 and all the horrors we still questions regarding the Fascists and Nazis.
Published 8 months ago by Caropaten
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me understand what happened in the past
I read this when I was a kid, and I found it really useful to help me understand how ideas like fascism or communism took hold, and how these ideas blow out of proportion and how... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story
After I had seen the German film " Die Welle" (The wave)about three years ago, I searched the Net for info. on this story. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Vicky GR
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is it ?
I ordered this item for my granddaughter to assist her with exam studies - however, it did not arrive ; when I contacted the senders I received excellent service and a refund but... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Mrs. L. C. A. Rijt-mccaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
I had to buy this book for a reading assignment but I soon realised the author was aiming this book at much younger children or that he was just an absolutely horrendous author. Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by Optimus Prime
4.0 out of 5 stars The film isbetter than the book
I caught the last half-hour of the recent TV showing of filmed version of "The Wave" and decided to read the book. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2010 by John D. Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously socially critical
Here goes a classical topic which is still valid today, even if written over thirty years ago.

I could highly recommend this - by the way based on a true - story to any... Read more
Published on 5 April 2009 by S. Lauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
The book gives a convincing view at how fascism can take control over a group. As a reader you tempted to feel positive about the changes 'the Wave' makes for the students but... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by P. Smit
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wave
I read this book initially when I was a pupil at school. I have recently read it again with a class that I am currently teaching. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2008 by S. Ginty
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