Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Mark Twain Nominee
Jessica, Peter, Luke, Danielle, Anna, and Jeffrey, with all of the varied personalities, end up in Mr. Terupt's fifth grade class. The group is more different than night and day, but with the help of their new, energetic teacher, they start learning about each other, and about life. But when the accident happens, will all they have learned fall away? Loved this book. It was not surprise when I opened to the back flap, and learned that Buyea teaches third and fourth graders...he got each of their characteristic dead on. I could assign kids from my past, as well as the kids I work with now, to each and every student in this book. This will be a great contender for the Mark Twain Award.