主題詞：Coming of age--Fiction. ; Junior high schools--Fiction. ; Schools--Fiction. ; Family life--New York (State)--New York--Fiction. ; Long Island (N.Y.)--History--20th century--Fiction.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.