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Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

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What a lovely, special book. This really shows how one person can truly make a difference, and how many lives can be touched. I also really liked the theme that everything happens for a reason, and how we see this all play out with each different student. Each one was so well rounded, and Jeffrey's bits made me tear up. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing where each character goes, especially the developing relationship between Anna's family and Danielle's family.

This is a great book for upper-elementary kids to read, especially to show them empathy and teach them how to look at something from another person's point of view. Everyone has a story, and we are lucky enough to hear them all as readers. ( )
  Tahleen | Feb 16, 2014 |
It's Mr. Terupt's first year teaching, and he's made an impact with the fifth grade students who are under his care. With unique lessons that challenge their characters, his students learn valuable lessons about the world around them, and themselves. Told by the perspective of several students in his class, Mr. Terupt comes alive and inspires not only his students, but the reader as well. When the students earn a class party, no one, including the reader, are prepared for what happens next. ( )
  laurensx | Dec 22, 2013 |
[Because of Mr. Terupt] is one of the best books I have read. Rob Buyea clearly describes the lives of the children he uses in his story. He shows what the kids are thinking, and feeling. One of my favorite parts is where the kids are going to the "Collaborative Classroom"- a classroom for children with special needs. It shows how kids can be scared, and then love it. All Mr. Terupt's students learn to love him, but just when most everything was prefect, the accident strikes. I highly recommend this book to all ages, because you will love Terupt too. ( )
  k8lovesbooks | Dec 9, 2013 |
This was an excellent book with a lot of underlying themes perfect to be read in a classroom. Conequences, responsibility, blame, forgiveness, redemption, hope, and faith all play important roles in this first novel by Buyea. I woukd put this one right up against any of Andrew Clements famous school stories. ( )
  daatwood | Nov 21, 2013 |
Buyea masterfully weaves together the voices of seven very different students in Mr. Terupt's fifth-grade class. While not all of them appreciate Mr. Terupt's sometimes unorthodox approach to engaging them, they recognize the impact he has had on their lives, both at school and at home, when an accident threatens to take him away. Never didactic, the storyline will cause students to stop and consider Buyea's message that things tend to happen for a reason. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038573882X, Hardcover)

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.
Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

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Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.

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