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Because of Mr. Terupt (Mr. Terupt #1)

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Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspectiveon what makes their teacher so special.

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...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Katy Jane
1. This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time.
2. It made me cry, it made me think, it made me hopeful, it challenged me, it made me want to be a better educator.
3. My husband is a math teacher and when I told him about the dollar words, he immediately integrated that into his lessons for the year.
4. I am a teen librarian and it made me want to be better and to love those kids harder than I already do.
5. I fell in love with every single character.
6. I felt emotions so much harder...more
Tiffeny
I picked this book up due to a review from a friend (thanks Melissa!). I thought my daughter, who is going into the 5th Grade might enjoy it. I even thought maybe I'd read it with her and we could talk about it. Two days later, we left on vacation. Towards the end of our trip, I ran out of reading material and since my daughter hadn't started the book yet, I went ahead and picked it up. I plowed through most of it in a few hours, then as we began our 11 hour car ride home, I began rereading it a...more
Handd51
This book will be perfect to hand kids headed into 5th grade. The characters are strong, the structure of the book interesting with its multiple viewpoints, and the story interesting - and I had passed this up from the reviews. It didn't sound so strong - but each chapter is told by a dr=ifferent student in the class, describing events frmo a slightly different perspective and clarifying the mudyy bits by this change in POV. The teacher is one who offers challenges rather then a standard curricu...more
Sharanya
It's possible this review will be incredibly biased. As someone who has just finished her second year of teaching with a group of third graders who may have changed her life, am I over-identifying with every single aspect of this story? Possibly.

That said, this book made me cry.

The beginning seemed pretty uneventful - Mr. Terupt is a "rookie" teacher who takes on a class of fifth graders. I smiled at all of the patented "teacher moves" that permeate this character (this book was SO OBVIOUSLY wr...more
Tory Shepeluk
This is a story about a new teacher in a Connecticut school that all the kids in his classroom adore. He is the best Teacher they've ever had, and He helps many of the students with their serious problems. They don't know what they have until Mr. Turupt is in serious danger.
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed and scoffed and cried. I would definitely recommend this book to any fifth grader out there, solely because they can relate the most. I am in sixth grade, and I enjoyed it more than ev...more
Ms. Yingling
A class of diverse students are glad that they have a new teacher; he's funnier, more aware, and more creative than the "mean old farts" that have been teaching long enough to be wise to the kids' tricks. Classroom dramas unfold; the mean girl, Alexis, tries to start a "girl war"; students have family problems; the class reads Summer of the Swans (which Mr. Terupt says is not an exciting book, but a good one that will make them think) and works with a Collaborative Classroom on several projects....more
Amy
Jul 06, 2013 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: children, ya
I picked up Because of Mr. Terupt at my daughter's elementary school library when a teacher recommended it to me. It is Rob Buyea's first novel, and after reading it, I am anxiously looking forward to reading more from him. Because of Mr. Terupt has won all kinds of awards, including State Book Award nominations in 14 states and being a Cybiles finalist.

Because of Mr. Terupt is the story of a fifth grade teacher and his students. The story is narrated in alternating chapters by seven different s...more
laurenpie
Outstanding and effective

Wow! Quite an undertaking, and very successfully done.

The author presents a sequential story, told from the separate viewpoints of seven different fifth-graders, each with a unique voice.

I was a little worried that this would be a syrupy, thinly-veiled "pro-education" pep-talk. Happily, it wasn't at all--it's a well-written story that not only kept my interest (easily), but really made me care about the characters. And, in an unobtrusive way, taught me a little something...more
Camille
i remember watching 90210 and especially dawson's creek and ended up thinking: these kids are acting way older than high schoolers! well, that's my big problem with this book. these kids are expressing themselves with way more maturity than your average 5th grader.
well, i'll get back to the problems, but let me set the stage: this is a story told over the length of the school year about a class of seven 5th graders and their relationship with their teacher. the story is told from each student's...more
Jen
This is the story of an elementary teacher, Mr. Terupt, who has a unique way of reaching all the students in his class. They love learning from him. An accident at school has a way of changing a lot of characters in the book. I liked the way the book was told in alternating chapters by his various students. The issue I had with this book, though, was feeling that students of this age wouldn't be saying and feeling the way that they did. I was always picturing these students as being in middle sc...more
Shelby Cowles
This book was recommended to me by the children's librarians at the library where I work, and I ended up just ADORING it. It's definitely one of the most touching children's books I've read in a long time.

I loved the range of characters. There was a nice back-and-forth between boys' and girls' perspectives that I think makes it readable for either sex. The kids in the book were dealing with real problems, but they were handled delicately and in a way that would be understandable for 5th-7th grad...more
Laura
Really loved this story told in multiple voices. Beloved teacher Mr. Terupt has an uncanny way of influencing his students' lives for the better. Students judgments and opinions of each other comes through loud and clear as each student narrates his or her version of events. Their personal secrets, flaws, and strengths are slowly revealed. It takes a tragedy to unify the class bring about a satisfying resolution. Would make a great read aloud.
Melanie
Bookclub selection May 2014.

I have shed tears over the devotion of teachers to their students, especially when I see them go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a child. The book "Because of Mr. Terupt" is a "power of one" story about a teacher who is able to bring about amazing changes for the better in his students and in the community in general. I highly recommend the read. Great for readers 10+.
Julie S.
I thought this was a pretty good story where the characters learn some life lessons. While I thought a few things were a bit over the top and maybe something was missing for some of the characters, I still think it sends a good message to kids about taking responsibility for your own actions and that kindness goes farther than selfishness.
Roz
This was a great book! Dealt with kids' issues through the eyes of the kids. Great to read with a 3-5th grade child. Isabel and I read this together and had great conversations afterwards.
Emily
A lovely book about a class of 5th grade students and what happens to and between them as a result of an accident that befalls their teacher, Mr. Terupt. The story spans their entire 5th grade year and is narrated by seven different students, all of whom have their own quirks and concerns.

The book was unexpectedly tender and affecting, but what I think I appreciated most was the reminder that students' lives are complicated as are their emotions. This complexity often makes empathy and understan...more
Renee
Jun 08, 2012 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Jeannie
Holy cow! Could there have been two different books than Out of my Mind and Because of Mr. Terupt? They would make a great compare and contrast exercise for students; it was interesting to have read them one after another. Where the characters change very little in the first, there are major transformations in the second, a dismal ending in Out of my Mind and a virtual love fest in Mr. Terupt. Rejection vs embracing of disabled students, clueless teachers vs caring teachers, etc. You get the poi...more
Verena
Written from 7 kids' POV abt school and home, their past n present.

All 7 kids have some kind of problem - Anna's mom got pregnant when she was a teen, Danielle's fat, Jessica's dad left them for someone else, Jeffrey blames himself for his bro's death, Peter gets himself in trouble all the time, Luke gets disturbed by Peter, n Alexia creates girl wars.

Enter teacher. Teacher comes up with unique assignments n does not behave like most teachers do.

Interesting assignments - count the no. of blade...more
Peter D. Sieruta
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Hiroki
This book is about a new fifth grade teacher called Mr. Terupt and his students who have the best year of there lives as their teacher turns out to be a very fun and caring guy. Mr. Terupt helps all the students to change mentally and emotionally about their lives risking his own life to do so.

My Favorite character would be Mr. Terupt. He is very funny and a lot of the activities he does in the story are very interesting and I really would like to try them. Mr. Terupt is a very straight forward...more
Unnati
This story is about this new teacher who is really kind to his class and he lets them go out in winter in the snow to play. But then something happens to him.... There are lots of characters in this book. This book is kind of different. It has each chapter in perspective of each kid in the class. So there isn't exactly one main character. So in this review, I will focus on this kid named Alexia aka Lexie. She is a very selfish girl. She is always thinking of her self and doesn't think about othe...more
Kristie
The title of the book is, Because of Mr. Terupt. The author of the book is, Rob Buyea This book is realistic fiction. The hardback edition cost, $16.99 from Amazon.
As the book says, this book is about seven kids, one class and one amazing teacher. One the first day of school the students find out they will be having a new first year teacher. This teacher is unlike your typical rookie teacher. He is special. This teacher emphasizes personal responsibility among his fifth grades. This story is tol...more
Lydia
Because of Mr. Terupt. Sigh.

Now, y'all don't go 'round misinterpreting my sigh, ya hear? That wasn't one of those sighs that heavily implies something along the lines of, "This book had so much potential! But it let me down." or "I was expecting more, and ended up disappointed."

No.

It is not one those sighs.

This sigh was one of the contentment, and the satisfaction that one gets after finishing a lovely book.

Because of Mr. Terupt is one of those lovely books.

Because of Mr. Terupt tells the st...more
Lisa
This is the highest rated book in our mother-daughter book club so far. My 11-year-old daughter gave it a 9.5 out of 10. It's a good discussion book.

Buyea does a good job of getting inside the voices of each character, who take turns narrating. Alexia was, like, so annoying, like I wanted to clobber her! But it has made me more conscious of how often I pepper my speech with "like!"

Mr. Terupt seems like the perfect teacher. Almost too perfect. Some questions are raised about his personal life and...more
Libby
The book is realistic fiction for an intermediate audience. The voices of the children narrating the chapters are authentic and heart-felt. Thinking back on all the teachers I've had throughout my school career, it is teachers who have passion about their jobs and care about the students in the ways that Mr. Terupt did that stand out and shape students' lives for the better. Here are some discussion questions for possible student inquiry:
Remembering--What did Mr. Terupt require the class to acco...more
Jackie
A special story about a special teacher with a special bunch of kids. Because of Mr. Terupt is the story of a rookie teacher and his quiet, yet impacting way. He never yells, never punishes, yet he can convey messages with a simple word or action...and within this 5th grade class, lives change forever.

Projects and assignments are a little out of the ordinary, but the kids, even Jeffery who hates school and Peter who is a troublemaker, find meaning in them. Jessica and Luke, the class brainiacs,...more
Deb
I've just finished listening to this terrific book, Mr. Terupt is the new 5th grade teacher and his teaching style is different from anything his 5th graders have ever experienced. The story is told from the viewpoints of several students - Jessica, the new girl, Alexia, the instigator of girl drama, Peter, the class clown, Luke, the class brain, emotionally hurt Jeffrey, Anna, the class introvert, and Danielle, the victim of bullying. Mr. Terupt uses projects to teach life skills as well as the...more
Kendra Person
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Discussion Questions:

Remembering: In this book, Jessica initially wanted to move back to where she came from. What state did she move to Connecticut from?

Understanding: Explain why the title "Because of Mr Terupt" is a fitting title for this book?

Applying: If you had been in the same situation as Danielle, do you think you would have asked your mother to go over to Anna's house? Do you think she made the right decision in waiting to ask?

Analyzing: Ho...more
Ivy
Because of Mr. Terupt is a heart warming story about 7 kids at Snowhill Elementary. They each have very different personalities, and no teacher would be able to handle them all, except for Mr. Terupt. There's Alexia, the bully; Jessica, the new girl; Peter, the trouble maker; Luke, the brains, Danielle, the shy one; Anna, the outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. None of them know how much Mr. Terupt means to them, until an accident one day changes everything. For example, Peter plays a mean p...more
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