Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt

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Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, ©2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385738828
038573882X
Branch Call Number: J FIC BUYE
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Because of Mister Terupt

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 28, 2018

Mr Terupt is one of those teachers that knows just how to get to the heart of each of his students. And just like every class, there are those select few that need a little extra patience, love, & attention. This year's 5th grade class is no exception. Peter, Jeffrey, Luke, Anna, Jessica, Danielle, & Alexia are each very different from one another, but through a chain of events, they each begin to find common ground that will bind them together as special friends. And it all started with one special teacher ..... Mr Terupt. But will Mr Terupt be around to witness the fruits of his labor? Only God knows.

This book is written for a 5th/6th grade audience, but it was an excellent story for readers of all ages. It's a good reminder that we should go out of our way to be kind to all people. We just may find that through all of our differences, there may be some important things that make us similar. Our hero, Mr Terupt, is that person in our life that saw through each of our hard, outer shells & saw the part of us that needed love the most. And it was that "Mr Terupt" in our life that stopped at nothing to help us see that person inside ourselves. Although I was reading a story about these 7 children & their teacher, I was picturing myself, my childhood friends, & those special teachers that poured into us to make us the people that we have become. Now that I've finished the book, I think it's time to go write a few "thank you" notes to let those teachers know just what an impact they had in my life.

Age recommendation: 10 & up (broken family dynamics, constant changes in narrator)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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MillieBT
May 03, 2017

A book about a teacher that changes the lives of his 5th grade students....outstanding and effective.....wow.....it made me cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 20, 2017

Words cannot express how much I loved this book! This book will forever hold a special place in my heart. I first read it in grade 6 as a class, with my teacher reading it aloud. It was absolutely beautiful and moved me with every short-yet-wonderful chapter there was! Mr. Terupt is slightly unrealistic, for no teacher is that heavily dedicated and engaged in a student's life, however the way the students' personal problems and drama combined together in the book was just amazing. Mr. Rob Buyea did a fantastic job of linking everything together and ensuring that the tragedy of Mr. Terupt was 100% logical and reasonable. I really love the way the book expresses how important a teacher is in a student's life. It changes the way you think about teachers; how not every teacher is a good one and it takes somebody engaged and dedicated to really give you the education you need whilst making your scholarly life memorable. Mr. Terupt is fun and engaging, exactly what today's teachers need to be like.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_SueJ Nov 28, 2016

I found this book on Pinterest: Middle school books on Empathy. I loved it enough to buy it for my grandson who is in 5th grade.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

This book passed the crying-in-public test, which means I had the chance to show strangers my ugly crying face while reading.
The book has an unusual format, where different members of a 5th grade class take turns relating the events that happen; in fact, we often get the chance to see the same event from several different viewpoints. I did like how each of the kids' chapters was written in a somewhat different style. I didn't care for the obviously contrived valley girl style used for Alexia. I did enjoy the more eloquent style given to the big reader, Jessica, and the very structured, logical style used by Luke.
I would have given the book a higher rating, but while it covers several very emotional and serious topics (and deals with them well), I felt like the buildup to these events was too sudden. I guess I feel like the book should have been a bit longer, and should have taken more time to develop the characters and set the scene for the major event in the last part of the story. (I hesitate to say more for fear of giving away spoilers.)
All of that being said, this is a good book for juvenile readers. It deals with issues like family and death in a straightforward, but not sensational, way. It teaches strong lessons about friendship, teamwork, and forgiveness, but not in a preachy way. And it tugs at your heartstrings something awful.

JCLAngelicaR Apr 08, 2016

They say there are two sides to every story. This story has seven sides, seven voices of boys and girls, fifth-graders in Mr. Terupt’s class. Mr. Terupt is a special teacher. His students notice it right away. Then an accident happens that puts the teacher’s life in great danger and the kids’ lives in a new perspective. A real page turner and a compelling story for both kids and adults about the life-changing influence some of our teachers have on us. BTW, the book is written by a teacher who also must be very special, just like Mr. Terupt. It’s because of Rob Buyea we can enjoy it. ;)

Don’t miss the book’s companions “Mr. Terupt Falls Again” and “Saving Mr. Terupt”.

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blue_rabbit_1950
Jul 02, 2015

Awesome book!!!!!!!!

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BWilsoned
Feb 22, 2015

This story is told from the points of view of seven students in Mr. Terupt's class (his first year teaching) over the school year. I liked the way I learned about the students and their lives and families as the other students learned about them. It was heartbreaking as well as heartwarming and touched on so many issues, you'd be hard-pressed NOT to find one to which you can relate. The students learn Mr. Terupt's lessons through his subtle methods; he guides rather than imposes.

Ann Langone May 07, 2014

i was so disappointed with this- i liked the first half of the book--the classroom, the kids, the types, the issues, the new teacher who is not easy to fool, etc. i did notice, though, that it is not written in authentic voice of kids---not like sharon draper or judy blume or rita garcia williams-- but i still did like it a lot. then-- the accident-- and it becomes very heavy handed cautionary tale --play nice or someone you all love might have a terrible accident-- i wanted to love it but was disappointed instead. Am interested to find out what the kids think of it.

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mdresselhuis
Mar 19, 2014

This is an awesome book my teacher read it to me in grade four and i just had to read it again!

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