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Gr 4-6–Seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School in Vermont learn a variety of life lessons, not necessarily from their textbooks, when they start the school year off with their new teacher. Short chapters are actually brief narratives by individual students and sectioned off by each month of the school year, beginning with September. From the students' distinct voices readers come to understand the different personalities and backgrounds that define them. Peter, the prankster; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; and Jessica, the new girl in town who hides behind her favorite books, are just a few of the characters who shape readers' vision of the classroom. As their narrative continues, readers realize that each child has a story that only begins in school; it's the problems and conflicts that make up their home lives that come full circle because of a prank that results in tragedy. Mr. Terupt is that one teacher who really understands them, who always seems to be on their side, and who teaches them a valuable lesson no matter how much some of them try to shut him out. If the school year is a series of events, then Mr. Terupt is the catalyst that starts the chain reaction. The characters are authentic and the short chapters, some less than a page, are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion.–Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Mr. Terupt follows in the footsteps of those inspiring teachers who encourage their students to think for themselves, question the conventions they understand about school, and become better people. The narration here is shared by so many that it is hard for readers to feel similarly inspired, but what they’ll get instead is the school-year-long unfolding of each of seven fifth-graders as they face their own flaws, come to terms with their home lives, and reconcile their roles in a tragic accident that nearly takes the life of their beloved teacher, hinted at with the innocuous-looking snowball on the front cover. Some voices ring less true than others, which is a shame, since all of the characters have something important to say. Despite its flaws, this is a compelling novel with brief—sometimes very brief—chapters, which keep the story moving. Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness in Buyea’s meditative first novel. Grades 4-6. --Heather BoothSee all Editorial Reviews
My 8 year old grandson and his Papa loved it! Would certainly buy a second book if a series.Published 2 days ago by BLJ
A little disjointed since each chapter switches point of view amongst the different characters, but one you get used to that it's very interesting as you do get to see the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by M. Holding
The best of all of the Mr. Terupt books. Written in the first person, each student is featured in a small chapter weaving you through the story line. Uses humor and insight.Published 7 days ago by Melanie
This is a fun book for kids to read, it's relatable, easy and quick, yet they feel accomplished when finished. Perfect for a kid who has to read, but doesn't love to.Published 9 days ago by Shari Brooks
Teaches many valuable life lessons through the eyes of children. Great read aloud for middle school students. High interest as wellPublished 15 days ago by Maria Roach