Because of Mr. Terupt
by Rob Byea
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Synopsis: 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 school.
Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much...until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-and everyone.
from the book jacket
Review: At first I thought this book was going to be too juvenile for me especially because it was written from the perspectives of fifth graders but the characters started to grow on me, especially after the accident. I was brought to tears too many times to count while reading this book. Since the book is being told by seven fifth graders we see the world through their young eyes and experience the accident and aftermath in their eyes and it puts a different spin on the book because fifth graders are young and don't understand the world like adults to. It was definitely interesting to put yourselves in their shoes. While this book is written for a much younger audience, I think adults would enjoy reading this book as well.
Rating: 4 stars