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Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt

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by Rob Buyea, Arielle DeLisle (Narrated by), Mike Chamberlain (Narrated by)

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this skillfully constructed first novel, Buyea conveys the impact that an inspiring new teacher has on his fifth-grade class through the alternating voices of seven complex students, including class clown Peter, thoughtful new student Jessica, relentlessly teased Danielle, and mean-girl Alexia ("Mom told me... ‘Alexia, don't let people push you around like your father did to us. You take charge and fight back.' So there's no way I'm going back to being nice"). For the most part, Mr. Terupt's unconventional teaching style proves capable of reaching even his most difficult students as the year progresses; his gentle guidance leads to some potent lessons about tolerance, self-advocacy, and responsibility. However, some in the community disapprove of his lax disciplinary measures and hands-on educational methods. When an accident during a snowball fight lands Mr. Terupt in the hospital, readers--like students in the class--are left to decide who, if anyone, is to blame. Introducing characters and conflicts that will be familiar to any middle-school student, this powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion."--School Library Journal, Starred

"This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion."--Publishers Weekly

"No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers."--Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness."--Booklist

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class loves their new teacher because he makes learning fun. Instead of ordinary assignments, he gives them the power to choose tasks and learn to solve problems. But does he go too far by giving them too much choice? Unlike a traditional school novel, Buvea’s story is told from the points of view of seven of the fifth graders over the course of the school year. Peter is the trickster who loves to test the limits at all times. Jessica is the new girl who has trouble fitting in with the others and her narratives are written in the form of a play. Luke loves school and is brilliant at math; he even excels at Mr. Terupt’s extraordinary math problems. Alexia is a snobby, two-faced bully who enjoys causing trouble for other students. Shy Danielle has a very controlling mother and grandmother. Anna is a social outcast because of her mother’s past; the other girls are not allowed to visit her home. Jeffery simply hates school and emotionally barricades himself. A tragic accident brings the seven narrators together in support of their teacher. They all learn valuable lessons in this entertaining yet thought provoking novel that clearly addresses serious issues such as special needs, bullying, and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson; Ages 8 to 12.
Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Jessica, Alexia, Peter, Luke, Danielle, Anna, and Jeffrey have a new fifth grade teacher at Snow Hill School. Each of these kids think they have figured out how to handle, manipulate, tease, or frustrate Mr. Terupt. Mr. Terupt, however, is clever and patient, kind and interesting...not what the kids expected. This beautifully written and well-crafted story puts the reader into the mind of every student as they navigate the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of their home lives and classmate relationships. School is hard and sometimes boring, and peer pressure can be great, but there is something magical about Mr. Terupt. He helps the kids see past the mean and ugly and opens their eyes to what is true, kind, and beautiful. Then a tragedy occurs. It is up to the kids to work together and remain positive as they struggle together and individually through the hardship they face. This touching story defines the true meaning of family, what it means to love freely, and how to put one's self in someone else's shoes. It is a quick read that would suit a middle school library or social studies class. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School in Vermont learn a variety of life lessons, not necessarily from their textbooks, when they start the school year off with their new teacher. Short chapters are actually brief narratives by individual students and sectioned off by each month of the school year, beginning with September. From the students' distinct voices readers come to understand the different personalities and backgrounds that define them. Peter, the prankster; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; and Jessica, the new girl in town who hides behind her favorite books, are just a few of the characters who shape readers' vision of the classroom. As their narrative continues, readers realize that each child has a story that only begins in school; it's the problems and conflicts that make up their home lives that come full circle because of a prank that results in tragedy. Mr. Terupt is that one teacher who really understands them, who always seems to be on their side, and who teaches them a valuable lesson no matter how much some of them try to shut him out. If the school year is a series of events, then Mr. Terupt is the catalyst that starts the chain reaction. The characters are authentic and the short chapters, some less than a page, are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–6—Fifth grade is going to be pretty much like any other year, or so some students of Snow Hill School think. After all, most of them have already established their roles—the bully, the class clown, the kid who hates school, the shy girl, the fat girl, the boy who is smarter than he admits, and so on. This forms a pecking order everyone unconsciously follows. However, this year there's a new teacher, Mr. Terupt, who is young and has unusual ideas. He expects the students to adopt a form of personal responsibility. Many of them seem unable to rise to his expectations; problems related to their home lives and past history play into their behavior. Plenty of foreshadowing shows there will be a tragedy, but who is truly at fault? Buyea's thoughtful, inspiring book (Delacorte, 2010) clearly shows his understanding of the dynamics of this age group. Mike Chamberlain and Arielle Delisle create the voices for the seven narrators—the students who provide the perspectives on the school year, Mr. Terupt, and how a group of young people learn to cope with crisis and discover that change is possible. The story is inspiring and the multiple points of view add depth. This beautifully performed production brings the book to life and makes it accessible to even more young people who will also find their lives changed by Mr. Terupt.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA
Kirkus Reviews

During a school year in which a gifted teacher who emphasizes personal responsibility among his fifth graders ends up in a coma from a thrown snowball, his students come to terms with their own issues and learn to be forgiving. Told in short chapters organized month-by-month in the voices of seven students, often describing the same incident from different viewpoints, this weaves together a variety of not-uncommon classroom characters and situations: the new kid, the trickster, the social bully, the super-bright and the disaffected; family clashes, divorce and death; an unwed mother whose long-ago actions haven't been forgotten in the small-town setting; class and experiential differences. Mr. Terupt engineers regular visits to the school's special-needs classroom, changing some lives on both sides. A "Dollar Word" activity so appeals to Luke that he sprinkles them throughout his narrative all year. Danielle includes her regular prayers, and Anna never stops her hopeful matchmaking. No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers. (Fiction. 9-12)

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It's our bad luck to have teachers in this world, but since we're stuck with them, the best we can do is hope to get a brand-new one instead of a mean old fart. New teachers don't know the rules, so you can get away with things the old-timers would squash you for. That was my theory. So I was feeling pretty excited to start fifth grade, since I was getting a rookie teacher--a guy named Mr. Terupt. Right away, I put him to the test.

If the bathroom pass is free, all you have to do is take it and go. This year, the bathrooms were right across the hall. It's always been an easy way to get out of doing work. I can be really sneaky like that. I take the pass all the time and the teachers never notice. And like I said, Mr. Terupt was a rookie, so I knew he wasn't going to catch me.

Once you're in the bathroom, it's mess-around time. All the other teachers on our floor were women, so you didn't have to worry about them barging in on you. Grab the bars to the stalls and swing. Try to touch your feet to the ceiling. Swing hard. If someone's in the stall, it's really funny to swing and kick his door in, especially if he's a younger kid. If you scare him bad enough, he might pee on himself a little. That's funny. Or if your buddy's using the urinal, you can push him from behind and flush it at the same time. Then he might get a little wet. That's pretty funny, too. Some kids like to plug the toilets with big wads of toilet paper, but I don't suggest you try doing that. You can get in big trouble. My older brother told me his friend got caught and he had to scrub the toilets with a toothbrush. He said the principal made him brush his teeth with that toothbrush afterward, too. Mrs. Williams is pretty tough, but I don't think she'd give out that kind of punishment. I don't want to find out, either.

When I came back into the classroom after my fourth or fifth trip, Mr. Terupt looked at me and said, "Boy, Peter, I'm gonna have to call you Mr. Peebody, or better yet, Peter the Pee-er. You do more peein' than a dog walking by a mile of fire hydrants."

Everybody laughed. I was wrong. He had noticed. I sat down. Then Mr. Terupt came over and whispered in my ear, "My grandpa used to tell me to tie a knot in it."

I didn't know what to do. My eyes got real big when he said that. I couldn't believe it. But that didn't matter. Mr. Terupt just went back to the front board and the math problem he was going over. I sat there with my big eyes. Soon a smile, too.

"What did he say?" Marty asked. Marty's desk was right next to mine.

"Nothing," I said.

Ben and Wendy leaned across their desks to hear. They sat right across from us. Our four desks made up table number three. Mr. Terupt called us by tables sometimes.

"Nothing," I said again. It would be my secret.

How cool was Mr. Terupt? His reaction was better than being yelled at like the old farts would have done. Some kids in my class would have cried, but not me. And somehow, I think Mr. Terupt knew I wouldn't. It was his way of letting me know he knew what was going on without making a huge stink about it. I liked that about Mr. Terupt. He sure could be funny. And I'm a funny guy. This year, for the first time in my life, I started thinking school could be fun.


Act 1, Scene 1

The first day of school. I was nervous. Somewhat. The sweaty-palms-and-dry-mouth syndrome struck. This wasn't surprising--after all, I was coming to a brand-new place. My mom and I had just moved all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, over here in Connecticut. So it was my first, first day in Snow Hill School. My mom came to help me get settled.

We walked through the glass doors and beautiful entryway and stopped in the main office to ask for directions. A red-haired woman who proved to be exceptional at multitasking greeted us with a smile and a slight nod. She did this while the phone rested between her ear and shoulder, allowing her hands to scribble notes from a conversation she was having in her free ear with the brown-haired lady standing next to her. We waited. My fingers dug into the hard cover of my book.

"Hi. I'm Mrs. Williams, the principal." This was the brown-haired lady speaking. She looked serious, all decked out in her business suit. "Welcome to Snow Hill School. Can I help you with anything?"

"We're looking for Mr. Terupt's room," Mom said. "I'm Julie Writeman and this is my daughter, Jessica. We're new in town."

"Ah, yes. It's a pleasure to meet you both. Let me show you the way."

Mrs. Williams led us out of the office. I glanced at the secretary one more time. She'd be a great character in one of Dad's plays, I thought. My dad directs small plays in California, where I still wanted to be.

"How are you today, Jessica?" Mrs. Williams asked.

"Fine," I said, although that wasn't really true.

We followed Mrs. Williams across the lobby and upstairs in search of my new fifth-grade classroom. The halls smelled stuffy but clean, like they'd just been disinfected. I wondered if the custodians had done that on purpose, to make a show of how clean their school was. I followed Mom down the blue-speckled carpet and past the rows of red lockers, where some kids were already unloading new supplies. I could feel all their eyes studying the new girl in town. After the stares came the whispers. My face burned.

"Here you are," Mrs. Williams said. "This is your floor. There are four classrooms up here, all fifth grade, two on each side of the hall with the bathrooms right in the middle." Mrs. Williams pointed as she spoke. "That's your classroom." She pointed again. "Room two-oh-two. Have a good first day."

"Thank you," Mom said. I just nodded.

Act 1, Scene 2

We walked into the classroom. The teacher looked up from his desk and smiled at us. The butterflies in my stomach fluttered as if I were on a Tilt-A-Whirl.

"Good morning. I'm Mr. Terupt," the teacher said as Mom and I walked in. He came right over to greet us.

"Good morning," Mom said back. "I'm Julie Writeman, and this is Jessica. I think she's a little nervous being a new student."

My tongue felt so swollen that I couldn't talk. I settled on returning Mr. Terupt's smile. It was a friendly one.

"Well, this is my first day, too. So I guess we'll try to figure things out together," he said.

My smile grew.

"Your seat is right over there at table two. You're with Natalie, Tommy, and Ryan. Being near the windows should give you some good reading light. That's a great book you have there, Jessica."

I looked down at my book, A Wrinkle in Time. I rubbed my hand over the cover.

"I really like happy endings," I said.

"Me too," Mr. Terupt said. "I'll do my best to give you a happy ending this year."

I smiled again. I couldn't believe it. My teacher was new, too. And he liked what I was reading. I don't know why, but somehow he made my butterflies disappear and my tongue shrink. Things were going to be okay.

Meet the Author

ROB BUYEA taught third and fourth graders in Bethany, Connecticut, for six years before moving to Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he now lives with his wife and three daughters, teaches biology, and coaches wrestling. Because of Mr. Terupt is his first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr.Turupt is a new teacher at school. Hes not all strict about anything, and hes making school fun. Then, one snow day, something happens to put Mr.T in a big situation... it changes everyone in school..... i dont know what else to say without giving away the story itself... the point is that this is an amazing book, with an amazing ending! I cried at the end i was sooo happy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are thinking about reading this story, quit it and buy the book already! It is worth all your free and quiet time. If you like heart warming, tear jerking, ingeniously written novels, please read Because Of Mr.Turupt. Trust me you will be entertained through every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. My teacher read it to me! I am a really picky reader. If I don't like the blurb, I tune out. Not this book. Not this time. This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the person who is sitting next to you's too. This book is a must read for ANYone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tottaly made me laugh and cry at the same time. My teacher read it to the class there was so much my friends could relate to. Thanks Rob
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookis sad but interesting and you feel like you are in the story.It also talks about how kids lives are and that people may be different from how the way they are dressed or there religon but they can still be very nice people.The book Because of Mr.Trump is a very well written book.It is also nice to get the same part of the story from a different characters point of veiw in each chapter.This book would be great foe anyonwho likes excitement and/or drama.You I think almost positivley would love to read this book and this book is great for third grade and up because then theh know what could even be happening in there best friwnds life.What a great book this is and Igive many complements to the other of Because of Mr.Trump
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!! It was very sad near the end, a tear jerker. We love you Mr. Terup!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. It touched your heart and really made you think sbout stuff. I would recomend this book to all ages it was truley awsome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely,positively LOVE this book. I ambegging you to read it. Please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an awesome book. I could never put it down. Things change in this book. Must Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING, and full if important lesson. It is about seven kids, all with some kind of problem going on at home. Mr. Terupt helps them by guiding them along, with unforgetable moments. But an accident happens to there beloved teacher one day.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow such an amazing book. Tear jerker through out the whole book. Im 11 and all I can say is holy christmas nuts this is a great book. I would give it 10 stars if I could! :-) XOXO Girly Girl 28
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I cry, laugh, and cry :) Anyone who enjoyed this book should get the sequel! Mr. Terupt Falls Again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Becuase of mr terupt iis a good book becuase it is very creative with how rob sort of made the kids talk in interviews. I loved this book so much that i gave it five stars. Everybody should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book. A 5 star all along the way .A tear book all the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad, yet a wonderful story about how to stick together, to not blame any one, and now matter how bad the situation is something good can happen. My only complaint is that the rising action was so long and drawn out, and the climax was short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever has read this book NEEDS to read the 2nd book. It is sooooooooo good!!! I think that it is = as good but it is kinda hard to beat the 1st book.
RenataMI More than 1 year ago
My 5th grader is not much in to reading so I always look for books that he might enjoy. This book was it, he event talk to his other kids in class about how they should read the book. We just found out that part 2 is coming out and I have already placed the order. The book talked about kids with different issues that they face at their age,it was very sad near the end, I had a tear in my eye and my boy did too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Terupt was a great teacher. If u r thinking about reading this book read it now. From seven different kids perspectives it is a really great book. From bullying to friendship, this is a wonderful novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book! It made me laugh and cry. To me all books should do that, but only a handful do. The only negative is that there are 7 main characters. They all had unique backstories, but i found 7 stories a few to many for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good Mr.Turupt is a very care free teacher i would love to have him as my teacher he seems very nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr.Terupt is a really cool teacher!!! If he was a really fifth grade teacher I would want him next year for fifth grade!!! Best book ever!!! I highly recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely incredible. Its beautifully written and the words are really powerful. Buy all three books, read, and think about them. These books gave me a lot to think about and changed my life. Thank you, Mr. Terupt. P.S. Stop spelling Mr. Terupt wrong!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book it shows forgiveness and love and how you should be friends the right way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love most about this book is that no matter what age you are, you'll really enjoy it. I also love the way Mr. Terrupt reaches out to everyone, even through it's his first year teaching. This is an awesome book---you have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is really funny and cool! This book deserves a five star rating!