Mr. Terupt is the new 5th grade teacher at Snow Hill School. Seven students narrate life in Mr. Terupt's classroom: Jessica, who is smart and new to the school; Alexia, known as the 5th grade bully; Peter, class clown and prankster; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who is always made fun of and struggles to stand up for herself; Anna, who is shy and who’s home life ostracizes her from her peers; and Jeffrey, who rarely talks to others and despises going to school.
Thanks to his atypical teaching methods, Mr. Terupt's students feel seen and appreciated. He helps to unite all the students, until a terrible and shocking accident changes everything. This event forces the kids to come together in a way they hadn’t before, as they lean on each other for support.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
I enjoyed reading this heartwarming story. I appreciated that the book was written from different perspectives, giving different insights to the experiences that the students shared, yet viewed completely differently.
This book is mainly for middle-grade readers, or around ages 9 to 12.
Readers who like realistic fiction with great tension but happy endings will love being part of Mr. Terupt's class.
There is bullying, name-calling, and mild violence.
This is a coming-of-age story and a celebration of individuality, set in a 5th grade classroom.
There are several layers to the story, and having separate narrators adds to that. Ask readers their thoughts on the "biases" that a particular student might have in narrating what is happening. Are they interpreting another's actions differently than what your reader saw?
The events offer lots of content for individual (judging, empathy) and broader social (teamwork, community service) discussions.
10 and Up
9 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Absolutely borrow. You'll love the story, but you'll have to decide whether you want it for your shelf.