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This Book Was A “Good One”


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If you are 9-12, and enjoy realistic fiction, you will love “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” by John David Anderson.

It tells the story of a sixth grade teacher, who has to unexpectedly leave before the year is over, and three of her students, Topher, Steve and Brand, who go to find her, to say goodbye. The boys risk what feels like everything to them to say au revoir to a truly great teacher.

Each boy has a connection to Ms. Bixby, whether she made him feel important, helped him up, or showed him what he really could do. Ms. Bixby is a “good one.”

The book is told from the three boys perspectives, Topher, an artist, Steve, the brains of the operation, whose parents push him a little too hard, and Brand, the one Ms. Bixby helped the most.

This was not an easy read, but it made up for that by being a great book, full of interesting plot twists and great characters. You will find yourself rooting for them no matter what. Even in the hardest parts, humor is incorporated to lighten the mood.

I will never forget this book, because as Topher says, you never forget the good ones.

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Lily Zufall, Contributor

Lily Zufall, Contributor, New York City


11 Responses to “This Book Was A “Good One””

  1. Cliff Cadet on October 19th, 2016 1:26 pm

    That was a GREAT review! I have a place in my heart for adventures. I like how they acknowledge the teacher as the good one. My favorite character would be Steve because he is the brains. I really want to read this book because I love adventures and they are AWESOME!

  2. Alisha Akhuetie on October 26th, 2016 9:14 am

    I really like your review. It also sounds like a very interesting book. I like books that tell their stories in different perspectives.

  3. Jaida Sinkler on October 27th, 2016 12:58 pm

    This is a REALLY great review! I like how you tell us what the books about but you didn’t give any spoilers. I think I might like this book since it’s a realistic fiction and I love them!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Lonnie Creech on October 27th, 2016 12:59 pm

    Great Article,but who would teach the class if Ms.Bixby leaves?

  5. Lily Zufall on December 31st, 2016 5:01 pm

    It’s like if a teacher goes on maternity leave, they get a long term substitute.

  6. Gabriel Lembert on October 27th, 2016 1:04 pm

    I wasn’t so interested in this book but now that you told me about it a bit I really like this. I couldn’t imagine a teacher who leaves before the day is over. I like how you said what kind of person each boy was.

  7. Vincent Vacchiano on October 27th, 2016 1:09 pm

    I like adventure and fiction and you said there would be humor and I also LOVE humor.

  8. Kevin Tritschler on November 10th, 2016 1:31 pm

    Wow! That book sounds REALLY FUNNY! Even when the 3 kids were trapped in the classroom!

  9. Gabriella Badolato on November 22nd, 2016 9:21 am

    This book seems fantastic! I love the story because it seems like an awesome adventure. I think I would really enjoy it. 😉

  10. Johnathan Greene on December 7th, 2016 9:09 am

    It sounds like a great book!

  11. Saniaa Harding on December 9th, 2016 1:36 pm

    I think this might be a good book for me because I like fiction. 🙂

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