Because of Mr. Terupt is a wonderful book that will leave you smiling (or crying, as the case may be!) Mr. Terupt is a fifth grade teacher in his first year and his class is full of children with a range of personal issues that they are dealing with. Some of the kids think he will be easy to fool since he is new, but Mr. Terupt proves to be very perceptive and deals with the kids in a mellow manner. When he is finished, the kids know that he still loves them, and they know that their behavior will not be accepted. Each of the kids form a special bond with Mr. Terupt, because they understand that he really cares about them. Relationships break and form, kids learn more about themselves, and forgiveness is key to happiness.
Mr. Terupt reminded me of a couple of teachers I had the pleasure of working with. My kids and I listened to the book on cd version and many times had to sit in the garage for “just a few more minutes!” to find out what was going to happen next. I really liked how Mr. Buyea wrote from the viewpoint of each child in the class. It was fun to listen to the different characters and see what each one of them was experiencing in the different situations. We highly recommend this book!