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The Wednesdaysby Julie Bourbeau
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Max’s village is absolutely normal in every single way and on every single day—except Wednesday.
Most of the townsfolk shutter their windows and lock their doors to hide away from the many peculiar things that happen—things like cats getting stuck in the vacuum cleaner and birthday cakes meeting fiery and horrific ends. But Max is too curious for that, and so, breaking every rule in the village, he searches out the cause of all the Wednesday weirdness.
What he uncovers is a secret so devious—so dastardly and mischievous—that life as he knows it will never be the same. Max himself is not the same. Suddenly the mysterious little accidents so common on Wednesdays are happening to him on Thursdays, Fridays—even Saturdays!
What’s come over Max? And more importantly, is there any cure for a case of the Wednesdays?
Mystery, magic, mischief and monsters abound in this slightly fantastical story of a human kid who wants to stay that way.
"'Max had most definitely caught a case of the wednesdays.' What are the wednesdays? That's exactly what middle-schooler Maxwell Valentino Bernard tries to get to the bottom of in Bourbeau's lighthearted and entertaining first novel. In a small village halfway up Mount Tibidabo, each Wednesday brings a plague of 'mostly harmless' pranks: furniture is rearranged, cars refuse to start, and tea might be switched with perfume. Most residents hide indoors, waiting for Thursday, but Max is tired of spending Wednesdays cooped up with his colicky baby brother while his parents play canasta. Risking it, Max ventures outside, discovering that the wednesdays are a band of mischief-making, silver-eyed, implike creatures (Max also winds up with blue skin and smelling of garbage for his efforts). When wednesdaylike happenings begin to follow Max throughout the week, he learns that he is on his way to becoming a wednesday himself — a fate he works hard to avoid. Bourbeau's story is filled with slapstick humor, and Beene's occasional b&w illustrations help establish its gentle sense of magic and mayhem. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Jessica Regel, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JULIE BOURBEAU has lived a life that is probably more adventurous than necessary. She has jumped out of airplanes, been swept out to sea, and was married on a Himalayan mountaintop by Tibetan monks. When she grew weary of a lifestyle that required so many vaccinations, she decided to become a writer so that her characters could continue her adventures while she stayed safe and warm. She still travels (just not as far), now in the company of her young son who, one way or another, inspires all of her tales.
You can visit her at www.julie-bourbeau.com
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