Publisher's Note:  

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

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Overall Review:  

In the voices of a handful of very different fifth-grade students, Rob Buyea weavs a portrait of the kind of quietly influential teacher every kid needs in their life. I was instantly engaged by the simple, readable style of the book, and found myself connecting to all of the different characters. The story was thought-provoking, and I found myself still mulling over it after I'd closed the book—always a good sign!


Because of Mr. Terupt is highly recommended for middle-grade students (probably ages 10 and up), and for adults with an interest in children's issues or children's literature.

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Profanity/Language: None


Violence/Gore: Kids engage in a snowball fight. A character is hurt when hit by a ball of ice thrown by another character.


Sex/Nudity: References are made to one character being the result of a teen pregnancy.

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Reviewed By CindyB
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