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Anderson, John David.
New York : Walden Pond Press, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.2

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Ms. Bixby is a true one of a kind teacher. She is that teacher that makes you want to come to school. She makes you feel like school is where you belong; and not just for the smart kids, or the teacher’s pet, but all of the kids. Topher, Brand, and Steve all know that Ms. Bixby is special, and when she announces to her class that she won’t be able to finish out the school year they don’t know how they will make it through the year without her. When Ms. Bixby can’t even make it to her own going away party the three boys set off on a mission. Their mission is to surprise Ms. Bixby and make sure that she knows how important she is to all of them. Their mission leads to all kinds of unexpected and hilarious antics as they each give their version of the day’s adventures. Through the whole process they not only reveal how much Ms. Bixby means to them, but also how much they mean to each other. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Imagine the most incredible sixth grade teacher ever. Then you find out she has cancer. Three of Ms. Bixby’s students, Topher, Steve, and Brand set out to plan the most amazing last day before she goes in for treatment. Plans change suddenly when they find she has already entered the hospital. In an amazing journey told from the boy’s differing perspectives, the boys hatch an incredible plan to show their appreciation, gratitude and love for Ms. Bixby. This fast paced plot weaves the boy’s memories, experiences and interactions with each other and their beloved Ms. Bixby into a funny, heart wrenching narrative. Their adventures are a touching and moving testament how one teacher can impact her students beyond the classroom. Find out how they create the perfect “last day” complete with cheesecake, French fries, and Beethoven, surrounded by trees, laughter, and “Au revoir” but never good-bye.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Booktalk #3

Ms. Bixby is a one-of-a-kind teacher who sees the very best in each of her students. Her students love and respect her in return. Steve, Topher, and Brand, especially, know how incredible their teacher is. When their class learns that Ms. Bixby is sick and that she must leave for the rest of the school year to seek treatment, they are devastated. The class plans a special going away party for her, but her health majorly declines before they are able to say goodbye. Steve, Topher, and Brand are determined to give Ms. Bixby the special last day that she deserves, and the friends set off on a wild adventure to say goodbye and to show their teacher how much she means to them.  (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction.
                        Teachers -- Fiction.

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