published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special.
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.
Mr. Terupt is a new teacher with grand visions of how his classroom will run. The problem is that Mr. Terupt, like most new teachers, doesn't see what obstacles are ahead of him. He handles them with grace and poise in a way that I only wish I could on most days. He has a way to deal with each child and their needs in a way that speaks to each one of them and shows them what fun a classroom can be if you all work together.All of this is going wonderfully until something happens that changes the dynamics of the classroom and how the students see each other and Mr. Terupt.
There are many books that I read where I feel like I see my students in the characters. This is one of those books with a slight twist... I saw myself in this wonderful book. I was so invested in each of the students' lives and their stories. Being invested in a book, to me, shows how well written the book is. Each student had their own personality which came out not only in their personal narration, but in the narration of their classmates as well. I literally could not put this book down because I wanted to see what happened that changed the classroom, but also how each students story would play out. Knowing that there is more to this story in the next book only makes me want to drive to the bookstore now and buy it. My husband my kill me though... he already says we have our own library in the house. Oh well... Off to the bookstore I go!