Ms. Bixby's Last DayBook Club Kit
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
"Kids won't just love this book. They need it." --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil
"Each page crackles as we embark on the greatest adventure of all." --Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay for Now
Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you'll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don't even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one-of-a-kind.
Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won't be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan, more of a quest, really, to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them--and what the three of them mean to each other.
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"Turns out real life isn't like the movies. Life doesn't come all the way back around again. It's not a straight line either. It angles and curves, shoots off a little, twists and turns, but it never gets right back to the place it started. Not that you would want it to. Then you wouldn't feel like you had gotten anywhere." -- Topher
Three sixth-graders go on an adventure of a lifetime to give a beloved teacher a day to remember.
That's the difference between artists and the rest of us, I think. Artists know where to put the shadows.
Everybody loves a good sob story, so long as it's not their story.
I don't know why. I'm not sure if people honestly care about other people or they just want a way to confirm that they've got it better than someone else.
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