Other novels written by him:
- Boot Camp
- Give a Boy a Gun
- Nightmare Inn
The story takes place in Palo Alto, California in 1969 and is based on a true story!
It was made into a television movie in 1981 and a popular feature film in 2008. This book has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is read in schools around the world.
First time I heard about the book was, when my older brother Thomas finished it and said, that it is a good book, and I should also read it.
I read the book very fast and after I had finished it, I also watched the new film about it.
I was very enthused from the plot, but maybe the film could be better. I think at the final scenes were too much “Hollywood-Dramatic”.
An intelligent young history teacher with brown hairs and blue eyes, who is the leader of the Wave, but at the end he gets too far with his own experiment.
He has a wife (Christy Ross) who also teaches, but music and choir at Gordon High School. She understand her husband very well.
He often thinks about problems in his school like bad marks or homeworks.
He wants to teach his students by practical experiments,
to give them a taste of what life in Nazi Germany might have been like.
She is a pretty and very intelligent young girl in the age of 18, with short brown hair in Ben Ross‘ History class.
She has also a very humorous character and has some funny ideas.
The most time during school she is very attentive, especially in history.
Ben Ross is one of her favourite teachers.
She is the editor of the school-paper.
First she enjoys and supports The Wave very enthusiastic at first but continuously, as she realize the effects of it, she fights against this.
Laurie’s boyfriend. He is the running back on the football team.
Later, he wants to study engineering to become a computer engineer.
He was in The Wave but when he started hurting Laurie he realized what The Wave had done to him.
Morton Rhue’s story about The Wave bases on a true incident at the American Gorden High School. Ben Ross, a young history teacher, who often does experiments in his class, shows his pupils a film about the Nazi Regime and Adolph Hitler.
So he creates the experiment “The Wave”. He wants to show his pupils what the life was like in the time of the Second World War.
The second “Gestapo” is born.
But he can’t, because if he does it, the students will have learned nothing or they will fight against Ben Ross. So he makes a plan.
About the Author:
Todd Strasser, who is born in May 5, 1950 in New York is author of more than 130 young-adult novels. Some written under the pen name Morton Rhue and T.S. Rue.After studying literature in college, Strasser earned his living working as a journalist.
He is the father of two children, and an avid tennis player and surfer.Strasser has written many award-winning novels for young adults and teens, picking controversial themeslike Nazism, school shootings, and sexuality.
Strasser has also written a number of young adult series, including Impact Zone (about surfing), Drift X (about drift car competitions), and Here Comes Heavenly (about a punk nanny with magical powers). Strasser has also published articles and short stories in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times.