The Wave by Morton Rhue

The Wave
The Wave by Morton Rhue

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is based around a true event that happened in a Californian school which involved psychological manipulation of the students. I believe there are film adaptations of this story as well.

Our main character Laurie begins to worry when a seemingly harmless movement known as the ‘Wave’ takes over her school. Started by a teacher who wanted to give a better idea of what it would be like to be a Nazi, the idea slowly takes hold – her schoolmates are saluting, marching and chanting. But when saluting turns to violence someone needs to stand up and bring an end to the Wave, will they manage it? and what will they learn in the process?

An incredibly interesting read, I have been reading a lot of WW1 and WW2 based novels this year and this one was unlike any of the others I have picked up. I would highly recommend to all ages, especially if you are learning about WW2 – I think this one could bring up some brilliant discussions in class, I wish I had read it whilst at school!


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