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Because of Mr. Terupt Reviews
"Gr 4-6–Seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School in Vermont learn a variety of life lessons, not necessarily from their textbooks, when they start the school year off with their new teacher. Short chapters are actually brief narratives by individual students and sectioned off by each month of the school year, beginning with September. From the students’ distinct voices readers come to understand the different personalities and backgrounds that define them. Peter, the prankster; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; and Jessica, the new girl in town who hides behind her favorite books, are just a few of the characters who shape readers’ vision of the classroom. As their narrative continues, readers realize that each child has a story that only begins in school; it’s the problems and conflicts that make up their home lives that come full circle because of a prank that results in tragedy. Mr. Terupt is that one teacher who really understands them, who always seems to be on their side, and who teaches them a valuable lesson no matter how much some of them try to shut him out. If the school year is a series of events, then Mr. Terupt is the catalyst that starts the chain reaction. The characters are authentic and the short chapters, some less than a page, are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion"
Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH for School Library Journal
"In this skillfully constructed first novel, Buyea conveys the impact that an inspiring new teacher has on his fifth-grade class… Introducing characters and conflicts that will be familiar to any middle-school student, this powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion."
". . . No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers.''
"Mr. Terupt follows in the footsteps of those inspiring teachers who encourage their students to think for themselves, question the conventions they understand about school, and become better people… Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness in Buyea’s meditative first novel."
Heather Booth of Booklist
Because of Mr. Terupt was selected as a New Voices Pick by the Association of Booksellers for Children
Because of Mr. Terupt was featured on the Inspired Recommendations for Kids Autumn 2010 List from Indie Booksellers
"Sometimes we don't realize what have until it's gone. While the kids in Mr. Terupt's class think he's a good teacher, they have no idea the influence he's had on them until he's gone from their classroom. Now they must do all they can to get him back, but they may be too late. Rob Buyea has created a stunning and moving debut novel."
David Richardson, The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas, KY
"What a gem of a book! In six voices, students tell the story of a year in Mr. Terupt’s classroom. We hear from every part of the classroom: the smart kid, the mean girl, the left-out girl and more. The story flows beautifully from voice to voice and every student will find a voice with which they can identify. This is a must-read for grades 4 and up"
Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX