Have you ever had a teacher that changed your life? That brought learning alive in such a way that by the end of the school year, you hadn’t just learned what you need to know for the tests, but learned some lessons about yourself?
For me, that teacher was Mrs. Bryce. She was my AP English teacher during my senior year of high school. We studied existentialism that year. I can still remember the novels we read, the discussions we had, and the way she made it all applicable to our lives. She was truly amazing and I will never forget her.
Mr. Terupt is that teacher for 5th graders Jessica, Alexia, Peter, Luke, Danielle, Anna and Jeffrey. He’s new at Snow Hill School and at first the students are more concerned about what they’ll be able to get away with than what they might learn. But Mr. Terupt quickly proves to be different from any teacher they’ve had before.
Through his unique teaching style, Mr. Terupt makes learning fun and interesting, allowing his students the freedom to explore and grow, while also giving them a sense of personal responsibility. Mr. Terupt’s method seems to be working…until one winter day when an accident changes everything.
In this touching debut novel, Buyea shows us how caring, dedicated teachers can inspire, motivate and change their students. There were a few points where the dialogue between the kids seemed a little unbelieveable and it took me out of the story, but for the most part, I loved the idea of this story and thought Buyea did a good job conveying the impact Mr. Terupt had on each of his student’s lives.