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Publisher's Summary

Seven students are about to have their lives changed by one amazing teacher in this school story sequel filled with unique characters to whom every listener can relate.

It’s the start of a new year at Snow Hill School, and seven students find themselves thrown together in Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class. 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. 

They don’t have much in common, and they’ve never gotten along. Not until a certain new teacher arrives and helps them to find strength inside themselves - and in each other. But when Mr. Terupt suffers a terrible accident, will his students be able to remember the lessons he taught them? Or will their lives go back to the way they were before - before fifth grade and before Mr. Terupt? 

Find out what happens in sixth and seventh grades in Mr. Terupt Falls Again and Saving Mr. Terupt. And don't miss the conclusion to the series, Goodbye, Mr. Terupt, coming soon!

"The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion." (School Library Journal, starred)

©2010 Rob Buyea (P)2020 Listening Library

What the critics say

"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)

What listeners say about Because of Mr. Terupt

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  • Guerrero Hall
  • 2020-08-16

Ableist Language

It normalized the R word. Ableist language shouldn’t be in kids books. It focuses on the mean behavior that typical neurological children demonstrate, but doesn’t speak out more against rude behavior toward children with disabilities. Mr. Terupt is more outraged at the mean girl behavior than the other kids calling children with disabilities the R word or stupid.

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  • NDMTAK
  • 2022-01-25

Eye-roll inducing

I cannot believe this book got such high reviews. It is so tropey, cheesy, and stereotypical. It says the 'R' word throughout the book, fat shames one of the characters constantly and also has a scene where the class sees the principal's butt cheeks...We were made to read this in our homeroom for 6th grade and I dreaded it. Whoever wrote this apparently used to be a teacher and has some sort of god complex with himself because Mr. Terupt is a miracle worker in this book. He makes "magic" in his classroom (insert eye roll). Would not recommend.

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  • Luke Worthington
  • 2021-11-06

Ok but not great

This was a really basic story with 7 revolving perspectives and each one had a little bit to offer to the story.

This book revolves around the happenings of a fifth grade classroom. Each kid has their own storyline, their own concerns and onset of issues. It’s actually a little complicated to keep track of all of them. Regardless of who they are, they all love this teacher that they have.

Besides the arc of one character, the story was pretty meh. It got interesting when the teacher went to the hospital but apart from that, there really wasn’t enough story to pull me in.

They are kids. They did kid things. No magic happened. The teacher survives. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-09-03

This is the book we had to read over summer. I thought I would not like it but it's sooo good

We had to read this over summer it's a good book I plan on read the rest of the books

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  • Aaron
  • 2021-08-16

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Highly motivated first year teacher takes on a group of teeny tiny stereotypical student narcissists who take advantage of his kindness throughout the school year and cause great potential harm to each other and the adults around them and eventually physically harm their teacher to the point of putting him a coma by nailing him with an ice ball after said teacher had kindly created a “reward day” outside in the snow (reward day used loosely as narcissistic students “earned” this day by simply behaving as one would hope decent human beings would act). After kind first year teacher is hospitalized for subsequent brain injury, narcissist students begin to wonder if they could have possibly contributed to his being there and needing brain surgery all while violating hipaa protocol by going to his hospital room and trying to assuage their guilt in his condition by getting teacher’s doctors to reassure them that “it’s not their fault he’s there.” Only to have a parent group speak to said narcissist students and tell them that the parents actually BLAME kind first year teacher for his own injury because he “should have corrected narcissist students’ behaviors sooner” and so really his current coma is HIS OWN FAULT. But parents don’t really want to see kind first year teacher get in trouble or for his current state of affairs…
What?!?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-05

it was the greatest and magical book ever!!!

i loved the book because i could see the other kid's problems and solve it

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  • HopefullyThisHelps
  • 2020-09-15

The best

This is one of the beat books in the world it’s funny sad and scary all at the same time

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  • beadingqueen
  • 2020-09-08

wonderful

I read this so I could discuss this book with my granddaughter. I love listening while I create art.

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  • Liz
  • 2020-06-22

Amazing

Beautiful story line so many twists and amazing definitely recommend for middle schoolers! Great job!