Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Because of Mr. Terupt

The fifth graders at Snow Hill School are getting ready for the school year to start. This year, they have a brand new teacher named Mr. Terupt. This makes Peter excited because he is looking forward to getting away with all kinds of crazy pranks. Jessica feels a little less worried about her move, knowing she isn’t the only one new to the school. Alexia just hopes Mr. Terupt is cool; she really has so much more to worry about, like becoming friends with the new girl and starting some girl wars. Danielle is happy to see that their teacher is nice and fair. Luke loves to learn and he can’t stand the way Peter causes so much trouble in class, so he is relieved to see that his teacher seems like he will keep the class clown under control. Anna is quiet and has gone for so long without friends that all she really wants is a friend and for her teacher to not make her stand out. Jeffrey just plain hates school and knows this year will be awful. None of the kids in Mr. Terupt’s class have ever had a teacher like him. He is nice, witty, and full of enthusiasm. He doesn’t let kids get away with much, but likes to laugh and reprimand kids in a way that isn’t embarrassing. Best of all, he plans excellent projects and gets the kids in class working and having fun. There are some bumps in the road, but for the most part things seem to be going well, until the accident happens. Will everyone survive? Who is to blame for it? How will everyone change? You won’t want to miss this book, and you will be holding your breath, anxiously waiting to find out how everything turns out. 

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea really touched me and made me think about teachers and the impact they have on their students. Every teacher is a little bit different and they bring out a variety of characteristics in their students. The story is told from multiple perspectives, which adds to the depth of the story and helps to generate a good connection with the kids in the class. When I had the chance to see each situation from a different point of view it made me realize that so often we misjudge something because we think we know what is going on, but are missing important pieces of the puzzle. The story flowed nicely and the pacing was perfect. I liked their teacher Mr. Terupt, and I know it would be a blast to be in his class. I would certainly recommend this book to kids in fourth through eighth grade. Even better- a sequel is coming out soon. I can’t wait! This is a book that should not be missed! 

Has anyone else read Because of Mr. Terupt?  Or read another book by Rob Buyea?

Happy Reading!
~L

38 comments:

  1. This sounds good, and I think it's been winning awards, too. Thanks for the great review.
    Mary, A Book A Day

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    1. Mary- It is such a fantastic read. I can see why it has been winning awards. Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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  2. The former teacher in me really wants to read this. Great review.

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    1. Kelly- Glad you enjoyed the review. If you are former teacher then you will definitely want to read this one. It is so well written and makes you appreciate good teachers. ~L

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  3. Success at last, I've been trying to leave a comment all afternoon but to no avail.

    I've been hearing lots of positive things about this book and so far nothing negative. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Petty- I am so glad your comment went through. It can be a pain when comments don't work.

      Just like you, I haven't heard anything negative about Because of Mr. Terupt. It is a wonderful read! ~L

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  4. I haven't heard of this book before, but it does sound like a great book. Fantastic review!

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    1. Cherie- Glad to introduce you to a new book. Yeah! Definitely check this one out- it is awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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  5. This sounds like an interesting book and one that I'll enjoy reading. Thanks for the review!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Nutshell- It is an interesting book. It will make you think! I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading! L

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  6. I loved this book...and there is a sequell!

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    1. Patty- Yeah! Someone else who loved this book. It really is entertaining. I can't wait for the sequel! ~L

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  7. I want to be in Mr. Terupt's class! I also want to read this book, thanks for another excellent review.

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    1. Barbara- I want to be in his class, too! Glad you enjoyed the review. ~L

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  8. I've heard of this book. Do they have the kids as POV's if so that a lot of POV's! I didn't know there was an accident. Makes me think of a car accident and hope that's not the case.

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    1. Adriana- The story is told from the 7 kids' POV. I thought it would be tricky- but it wasn't. The story flows smoothly. Wait until you read about the accident. I didn't guess correctly. ~L

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  9. This book has been in my to-be-read pile for ages, and now I'll have to move it up near the top! Thanks for the reminder. :-)

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    1. Bibliolinks- Yes! Definitely move it up. :) You will read this very fast (I read it in a night). Happy reading! ~L

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  10. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jennifer- Thanks for stopping by. Because of Mr. Terupt is an excellent book. I am sure you will enjoy it. ~L

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  11. No I haven't heard of this but definitely sounds like something I would like. I'm also looking forward to checking this new author, out!

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    1. Pam- So happy I was able to introduce you to a new book. I hope you enjoy the story! ~L

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  12. A great review! Teachers are so important in our lives and Mr. Terupt sounds like an excellent one for any child to have.

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    1. Anna- I am so happy you liked the review! Teachers are so important and this book makes you think about how much they impact our lives. Mr. Terupt would be a blast to have as a teacher. Learning and fun! ~L

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  13. How curious! I've never read this one either but can certainly attest to the fact that each teacher brings something to the table just a little different and that difference can help make students shine. Great review for what sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. GMR- Thanks for stopping by! So nice to hear from you. Thank goodness for the wide variety of teachers out there. It is a book you don't want to miss. Happy reading! ~L

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  14. I not familiar with the book or the author. Sometimes I feel really ignorant. There are so many wonderful writers out there whose book I know nothing about.

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    1. Bish- It is always fun to be introduced to new authors. There are a lot of authors and books out there. I am always learning about new ones!
      ~L

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  15. What a supercalafragalistic review. Thank you, thank you.I have really wanted to read this. Heading over to order it right now. Hasn't this book won an award? I have never read a book by Rob Buyea. That is going to change. *waves peace sign*

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! I know you will enjoy Because of Mr Terupt and the sequel will be out soon. Yeah! I can't wait to hear what you think of the book. Happy reading! *waving back* ~L

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  16. Wonderful review! Thanks so much for putting this on our radar! I love the lesson on misjudging. Adding this one to the TBR :D

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    1. Cheles Bells- Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the review and I am glad I introduced you to a new book. The lesson is great! ~L

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  17. How have I never heard of this book - it sounds great. Definitely adding it to the wishlist!

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    1. Jemi- It is a gem of a book! Enjoy! ~L

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  18. This is a book that really touched my heart it left me cliffhanging and I didn't want to stop reading. Rob Buyea is an author that can really express what he is feeling. I can't wait for the sequel and am sure that it will be fanominal. I just hope that he will make more!!!!!!!

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    1. Hockeygirl- I loved your thoughtful comment. I didn't want to stop reading either. I think Rob Buyea is a talented author and he did such a good job that I connected with all of the characters. I agree with you that the next book will be awesome! I hope he will make more, too. Thanks for stopping by! ~L
      P.S. The next book comes out October 9th! Can't wait. :)

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  19. I used to feel what Anna felt: hoping that the teacher didn't make her stand out. I love books about the classroom. There are special teachers (in fiction and otherwise) and these stories always remind me the profound effect teachers have on kids, whether or not either party realizes it then.

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    1. Claudine- Me, too! I like when teachers let you answer and stand out when you are ready. Books about the classroom are such fun. Teachers sure are amazing people. :) ~L

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