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

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  13,603 ratings  ·  1,653 reviews
Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on 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
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 06, 2013 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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
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
This is a fantastic book! If you are looking for a great read, please pick this up. It is pretty realistic, and explains the amazing effects that one teacher can have on many different students, and their parents. It also shows that there are always good things that come from bad ones.
Noelia Alonso
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Alfonso Bobadilla
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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
Amy Carr
I expected to really love this book and instead it fell completely flat. The book tells the story of Mr. Terupt, a first year teacher tackling the wiles of fifth grade. The story is told from the point of view of 7 students that he has a profound impact on during the course of the year. But telling a story like this can be very tricky because it is easy to fall into the "stereotype" trap...and this book fell in head first. All of the characters, including the teacher, were stereotypes of differe ...more
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
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.
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Fabulous. Inspiring. Hopeful. Loving. Educational. Delightful. Grateful I'm not in 5th grade!!!
Wow. This book was absolutely amazing. I struggled to ever put it down, and had my parents yelling at me because I needed to go to bed. This was one of the most engaging books I have ever read. If anybody is looking for a book to relate to I would totally read this. Although this book is very sad and I had tears dripping down my cheeks, its a book I would recommend to anybody. This is and will always be one of my favorite books!
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
I'm a sucker for books about teachers that make a difference, and that's exactly what this book is. Told from the perspectives of 7 students in a fifth grade class, this is a fast read with really short chapters. It drew me in immediately and I enjoyed seeing the characters grow and learn through the influence of an educator who obviously cares about reaching all his students and teaching more than just what is found in textbooks. It did leave me with some unanswered questions...I'm going to nee ...more
I wasn't impressed. Actually, I was annoyed. I liked the idea of the kid narrators. And I sort of recognized some of the kids. But I didn't find their voices realistic. At all. It was way heavy handed. The author stated all the connections, and then repeated them. It made me feel like he didn't trust me as a reader. Finally, there were too many things that really didn't ring true. I did finish this one. I did want to find out how it ended. But that annoyed me too.
A diverse group of fifth graders, grow into a community under the guidance of their unconvential teacher, Mr. Terupt. When disaster strikes, the children learn how much their teacher meant to them and heal old wounds among their families and each other.

While I felt that the characterization did not always ring true, some of the fifth graders' voices seemed too mature, I enjoyed this story of one teacher and how he influenced his class and community.
Terre Musselman
I did this as a read-aloud. It's the best YA book I've read in years. My 6th graders came in every day begging me to read some more. It is funny, wise, true, and generated so much discussion, I could have spent entire class periods (and sometimes did) reading and talking. It brought out so much in my kids and made them want to talk. Students who never raise their hand were waving that little hand in my face to have their turn.
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+.
I think this book tackled--and tackled well!--just about every tween issue there is. Bullying, dealing with differences, judgementalism, children of divorce, illness and death. First-year teacher Mr. Terupt (real teachers, you can be just a tad jealous of his class with only 20 students...) is trying to help kids take responsibility for learning, for their actions, for relationships, for each other, for their attitudes, all the while creating a high-level thinking classroom. But when he expects ...more

The first 100 pages of this book are absolutely perfect. The chapters are short (DING) the multiple narrators are very well delineated (DING DING) and the foreshadowing is excellent (DING DING DING)

The 2nd half gets melodramatic and a bit preachy. I've decided to allow it, as I think the audience will like it.

Also, it's blurbed by John Irving. Because of the wrestling angle, I presume.
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.

The day Mr. Terupt almost dies. The genre of the story is realalistic fiction and the author of this book is Rob Buyea and I like this book because I enjoy reading real life situation's and this book is exactly that.

This book takes place in a school and it starts off in September.This is important to the story because it tells you that there are many things that had happened before the accedient, because the accedient happens in the winter and shows that it takes place in the school grounds to
Loved this book. I was challenged by 5th graders to read this. After I heard how much they liked it and how it made them cry, I wanted to know why it made them cry so I read it. Very good book, in fact so good I had to read the second one.

I recommend this one.
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.
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