My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: 2012
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, School, Coming of Age
Fifth-grade was full of unforgettable events for Mr. Terupt and his class at Snow Hill School. Seven students were particularly affected by Mr. Terupt. Now those seven students are back, and they’ve been granted the rare opportunity to send one more year with their beloved teacher before they graduate from elementary school. Peter’s parents expect him to attend private school after sixth-grade, but Peter has plans to stay right where he is. Eager to grow up, Alexia gets in over her head with some older kids. Danielle suspects that her family is keeping a secret from her, and she’s determined to find out what it is. Jeffrey makes a life-changing discovery. Curious about her teacher’s past, Jessica uncovers startling details about Mr. Terupt. Anna finally decides she’s ready for the truth about her absent dad. And Luke’s keen observations lead to questions with unexpected answers.
Mr. Terupt and his students are back… Although he is out of the hospital, Mr. Terupt has not fully recovered from his injuries and coma, but that is actually not what the title refers to at all.
This time around, Mr. Terupt falls… in love. His students are very excited for him and fully support him just like he supports them at all times. Peter, Jessica, Luke, Alexia, Jeffrey, Danielle and Anna are once again dealing with their own personal problems and making mistakes.
To some extent, these characters angered me. I did not expect them to learn everything about life and responsibility from the events in the first book, but I certainly did expect them to make better decisions. Some have indeed learned, but others have yet to recognize when a bad decision is being made.
Just like its predecessor, this book is realistic and full of love, hope and human emotions. It’s the students’ last year with Mr. Terupt, therefore they are all cherishing their remaining classroom time together. One student is especially heartbroken about leaving his dear teacher…
I like reading this series because I, myself, once had a teacher I connected to more than I thought possible. This teacher in question helped me understand myself better and made me realize some things about myself that I hadn’t noticed before. She pushed me to become better and celebrated everyone’s strengths. There should be more books about exceptional teachers out there.
Not as captivating as its predecessor, but still a meaningful read.
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