The Wave by Todd Strasser
The Wave by Todd Strasser


‘The Wave’ by Todd Strasser wasn’t a book I picked up wanting to read. I was actually very uninterested in this book. But this was the book my English teacher had us read for summer reading this year, and boy was I wrong.

Personally like my dad I’m sort of a history freak. I find myself very interested in American history and other studies along that line. Part of me was interested in the history side of the book, but the history wasn’t my forte.

I can say though with absolute clarity, that anyone history geek or not will enjoy this book. Now, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever or that it will change your whole reading perspective, but it definitely spark your interest.

‘The Wave’ is a fictionalized encounter of a true event called “The Third Wave”. It was a teaching experiment by Ron Jones that took place in an Ellwood P. Cubberley High School history class in Palo Alto, California. This retelling is about history teacher Ben Ross. One day at school he shows his senior history class a documentary about Adolf Hitler and the concentration camps set up around World War 2.

Disturbed and confused by the actions of Adolf Hitler and the Germans the students begin asking the basic of questions, that even Ben Ross can’t answer. The teacher, Mr. Ross decides to set up a class room experiment testing the effect of the slogans; strength the discipline, strength through community, and strength through action. The experiment furthers when the students react well to the effects and powers behind the slogans and their new “club”, The Wave.


This book affected me more than I anticipated it would. Intrigued by the actions the students had and the effect the simple experiments had on the entire school was interesting and mind blowing. Overall this was a great book, and if your interest in seeing the effects of the experiment this is a great retelling. Reading about the effect the experiment had on the students and how far it went was very frightening in an interesting and informative way.

Again, I highly recommend this book a great read. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


REVIEW by Isabel Naquin


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