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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…

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Overall Book 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.

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


Content Analysis:

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.

Mature Subject Matter:

Comas/serious health problems, family issues

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
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10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
1
10
Sex/Nudity
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10

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About the Reviewer

As a kid, I used to tell people that I wanted to be a “professional book reviewer” when I grew up (along with writer/ballerina/figure skater/mom). I thought that any profession that involved the full-time reading of books was my idea of heaven. Getting the chance to review books is a little dream come true!