Mr. Terupt Falls Againby Rob Buyea
The students and teacher of Because of Mr. Terupt are back, in this heartwarming sequel.
VOYA - Sara MartinIn this companion novel to the wonderful Because Of Mr. Terupt (Delacorte, 2010), Buyea once again crafts a compelling story that picks up in the following school year. Seven students, now in grade six, spend a second year with their beloved teacher, Mr. Terupt. As they tackle peer pressures, school assignments, special projects, and the aftermath of last year’s accident, each child learns more about each other, themselves, and Mr. Terupt. Mr. Terupt Falls Again is an inspiring (albeit utopian) and thoroughly enjoyable portrayal of the difference one teacher makes in the lives of his students. As in Because Of Mr. Terupt, each short chapter is narrated by one of the seven students. All seven have unique voices and storylines, which easily meld into the classroom, providing varying perspectives on and depth to events. Buyea effectively drives the plot with humor, heartache, tenderness, and suspense. Readers will be caught up in the momentum and surprised with a few twists--with the title’s “fake out” and the re-use of an effective suspense-building literary device, these twists will be even more unexpected for those familiar with the first book. Although this title can stand on its own, libraries that do not already own Because Of Mr. Terupt, should purchase a copy today. Then, be sure to have Mr. Terupt Falls Again ready for all the fans of the first book. Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus ReviewsLooping with his students into sixth grade, Mr. Terupt continues to surprise them with challenging projects and perfect reading suggestions, but there are still aftereffects from the snowball Peter threw. As in Because of Mr. Terupt (2010), short chapters narrated by seven students describe the year, their final one at Snow Hill School. Peter plays with failure, hoping not to have to leave his classmates for seventh grade in boarding school. Lexie hurries to grow up, egged on by some dangerous older friends, but Danielle is the first to get her period. Jeffrey finds an abandoned baby and an outlet for his anger in wrestling. Anna and her mother learn to be senior-citizen caregivers as volunteers in a medical facility. Luke may have saved a life with his Boy Scout skills, and Jessica provides continuity with her screenplays and voiceover comments. Family worries go along with lingering questions about the health of their teacher. Sixth-grade relationships and a grown-up romance, lessons in tolerance and a fairy-tale ending make this an exceptionally satisfying school story. Mr. Terupt seems unusually skilled and perceptive, but the student voices are spot-on. Readers will be better equipped if they attended fifth grade with this true-to-life yet timeless group, but this sequel can be read on its own. Moving and real. (Fiction. 9-12)
From the Publisher"This sequel can be read on its own. Moving and real."Kirkus Reviews
"A skillful meshing of characters and story lines makes for another great read."School Library Journal
School Library JournalGr 4–7—In this sequel to Because of Mr. Terupt (Delacorte, 2010), the students are now sixth graders, happy to be spending another year with Mr. Terupt, who returns to teaching after recovering from a serious accident. Again the story is told in short chapters, each one the narrative of an individual student. This year the youngsters are dealing with coming-of-age issues. Peter is still the prankster and has spent a lot of time helping get the classroom ready and maybe justify some of the guilt he still feels about the snowball he threw that hit Mr. Terupt's head. Lexie is just trying to be noticed, and readers share her struggle to fit in. Luke spent the summer at science camp and is determined to treat challenges by collecting and analyzing data before coming to conclusions. Even Mr. Terupt opens up and shares some of his family background with the class. A skillful meshing of characters and story lines makes for another great read. References to books the students are reading, like Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game and Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, add realism as Mr. Terupt uses literature to interpret life lessons. Even reluctant readers will identify with some of the situations and be drawn into Mr. Terupt's world.Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
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