Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea
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Overview

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

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 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.

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375858246
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: The Mr. Terupt Series Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,314
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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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Peter

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.

Jessica

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.

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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!!
PGX13 More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER !!! I loved it there was suspense witch l loved.It was sad near the end but mind blower. KAPOW
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!