Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson


Book description from Amazon.com...Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

My 25 cents...This book was hard for me to get into, but I think that is because it is being told by three different students and I was having a hard time getting to know them until about halfway through the book.  Once I felt like I "knew" the different boys, then the story overtook me!  This story looks at their relationship with their teacher through three different sets of eyes.  As a teacher it made me appreciate how we DO make a difference in certain students' lives.