Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

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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.

"The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion."--School Library Journal, Starred

"This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion."--Publishers Weekly

"No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers."--Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness."--Booklist

About Rob Buyea

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ROB BUYEA teaches biology and coaches wrestling at Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. Mr. Terupt Falls Again is a companion book to Because of Mr. Terupt.
Published October 12, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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During a school year in which a gifted teacher who emphasizes personal responsibility among his fifth graders ends up in a coma from a thrown snowball, his students come to terms with their own issues and learn to be forgiving.

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In this skillfully constructed first novel, Buyea conveys the impact that an inspiring new teacher has on his fifth-grade class through the alternating voices of seven complex students, including clas

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Because of Mr. Terupt


Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea is the story of a teacher -- a wonderful teacher -- who changes the lives of his students.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Because of Mr. Terupt

A Patchwork of Books

Patricia Polacco, offers her newest picture book and it is reason to celebrate on so many levels.Artistically and narratively, her books are a joy to read.

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Palatine Public Library

In Rob Buyea's debut novel, seven unique narrators provide insight to the unexpected bonds, friendships, and life lessons born from dire circumstances.

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