Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms Bixby s Last Day John David Anderson author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers returns with a funny heartwarming and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys one teacher and a day none of them will ever

  • Title: Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  • Author: John DavidAnderson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • John David Anderson, author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, returns with a funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.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 nJohn David Anderson, author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, returns with a funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.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 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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    1. First things first: I will admit I had a hard time starting this book, because I've lost way too many loved ones to cancer. I had to read the first 40 pages through almost-closed eyes. I don't tend to gravitate to cancer stories because they're not generally where I find pleasure reading. But boy oh boy am I glad I stuck with this one. MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY is so well done, so good, with hints of the full story dropped just so, so you have to keep reading, and utterly real and believable characte [...]

    2. ARC from Young Adult Books Central and reviewed thereBrand, Topher and Steve are enjoying their year in school because their teacher, Ms. Bixby, is one of "the good ones". She listens to her has her fair share of quirks, like working part time as a clown, having a pink streak in her hair, and spouting quotations. When the boys find out that Ms. Bixby is sick and has to finish the year early, they take some consolation in the fact that they can give her a good "last day". When her cancer treatmen [...]

    3. filmler beni daha çok ağlatır, herhalde görselliğin etkisiyle çok daha çabuk duygulanırım. ağladığım kitaplar da çoktur elbette, hatta hüngür hüngür ağladıklarım da vardır. bu kitap da onlardan biri oldu. öğretmen olmam, hayatta en çok öğrencilerimin beni "iyi" bir öğretmen olarak hatırlamasını istemem ve geçen yaz bir çok sevilen bir öğretmen arkadaşımızı erken yaşta kanserden kaybetmiş olmamız sanırım bu üç etken şu an gözlerim şiş şiş oturm [...]

    4. Destansı yol hikâyeleri edebiyat ve sinemanın önemli bir kolunu oluşturur; hatta içinde “yol” barındırmayan birçok anlatı bile “kahramanın yolculuğu” denilen bir serüveni tasvir eder. Kısaca bahsetmek gerekirse, bu anlatılarda başkahraman bir şekilde yola çıkar, başından geçen bir dolu olaya göğüs gerer ve sonuçta bu olaylar onu (ve varsa yoldaşlarını) değiştirir. Finale, yani hedefe vardığında da kahraman artık daha güçlü, daha idrak etmiş, daha ol [...]

    5. There are sad books for middle grades, and I've read and loved many of them, sympathized with the hurt of children, wishing they could grow a little more before facing loss. But this book teaches! It shows teachers why they must listen and watch their students so carefully, knowing that hiding true things is what they do, just like Ms. Bixby knows. And it shows friends-Steve, Brand and Topher-uncommonly loyal, something to remember to be, something to learn to be! I was teary through quite a lot [...]

    6. I'm really trying hard to clear out all the books that I've read but haven't gotten around to writing reviews for. Even though it says I'm currently reading 38 books, I'm really only reading 3. I seem to agonize over writing reviews for the books that I loved. I want to say all the right words to let people know how special the book was to me, but then months go by and I still can't seem to find the right words. This was one of those books. It's been months since I read it, but could never come [...]

    7. If you read one book this year, and we're more than likely not friends if you only read one book a year, read this one!Dear John David Anderson, pleeease keep writing realistic fiction.Love, Kris Patrick

    8. Gözyaşlarıyla unutulmazlar rafına kondu. Z.O.Ç.K.O' yu iyi ki geçen yıl yayımlamışız dedirtti bana. Sanırım dünyadaki tüm " çocukların ne yaptığını değil ne hissettiğini düşünen öğretmenler" aynı şeyi yapıyor.

    9. Well, this made me bawl my eyes out. So I have to give it five stars. Topher, Steve and Brand are sixth graders. They're the target of bullies, but they're also resilient and fun dudes. Topher is an artist with a wild imagination. Steve is a little like Spock, super logical and intelligent. Brand thinks there's nothing special about him, but the fact that his dad is disabled means Brand has taken on a lot of adult responsibilities, making him especially determined and capable. These three friend [...]

    10. Well, the beginning is trite. And the whole concept panders to those who consider themselves 'good teachers' and will buy the book for their kids. And there's plenty of discussion themes, and bibliotherapy tags. Also it's full of stuff that will alert those who want to keep interesting books away from kids, so it will get on Banned Books lists, giving it more notice and cachet. So, cynical me says it's overrated.But. It's engaging, and original, and gets better and better until the end at which [...]

    11. Told from three points of view, we meet Topher, Brand, and Steve.And these friends' teacher, Ms Bixby, is one of the good ones. She's a teacher that has made a huge impact on their lives. She's one of the ones that will be remembered, that has shaped their lives for the better. And she's sick. And she skipped out on the last few days of school before she started her treatment. And these guys are not going to end the year without telling her goodbye. Without giving her a day to remember. As they [...]

    12. This book is as close to perfect as anything I've read in awhile. The character's narratives are as if they are speaking right into your ear. The book's voice is clear and charming. I will recommend this to all! I loved it so much.

    13. This was an absolutely fantastic book. It's a story of friendship, love and loss and the journey of life we're all on. It's not about the first day or the last day but all the days in between. This is technically a children's book but people of all ages should read it.

    14. John David Anderson's writing brings about strong voice and emotion throughout the entire text in such a humorous, humorous, engaging tact.As a teacher of fourth grade, I loved reading this and was thinking a lot about how it would engage our students.

    15. This book is one of the good ones! I have to admit. I was slightly terrified to start this novel. The title alone can be interpreted as something to spark tears, but I fell in love with the heartfelt humor of Ms. Bixby's Last Day after reading the first few pages. Topher, Steve and Brand are characters you want to get to know and root for during their entire adventure, and Ms. Bixby inspires kindness. I recommend this book to students, teachers and parents.

    16. Bugün annemi son kemoterapisine hazırlamak için yıkarken, aynada kabak kafasına bakıp kendine kızdığı için mi bilmiyorum, kitabı bitirdiğim bir barda ağlıyorum. Çocuk karakterler oldukça iyi işlenmişti. Konu her ne kadar kanser içeriği nedeniyle zaten banko vurucu olsa da gereksiz duygu sömrüsü yoktu. İlerde bir çocuğum olursa okumasını isteyeceğim bir kitaptı.

    17. Nefis bir kitaptı Çok çok etkilendim. İyi ki böyle kitaplar yazılıyor ve iyi ki çevriliyor. Üç farklı çocuk. Bir öğretmen. 4 hayat. Şahane bir kurgu, akıcı bir dil, nefis bir kompozisyon. Bir çocuğa ödev versen, zorlasan, sonunda tablet-cep telefonu vs ödülü vereceğim de desen, böyle şeyler yaptırtamazsın. Bunu o çocuklara yaptıran bişey var. İşte o şeyin benim hayatımda da olmuş olmasını ne çok isterdim. Ama benim öyle öğretmenim hiç olmadı. Bu kitaba [...]

    18. Summary: A clever take on the teacher worship subgenre of middle grades realistic lit; this one stands out from the pack for having a fresh, funny, narrative and a trio of friends who are at that intersection of boneheaded and introspective. Title and cover make this book feel misleadingly young; recommended for grades 6-7.Review:Ms. Bixby is that sixth grade teacher you always wanted. She has a strand of hair that she died pink, because. (Deep confession time: Ms. Bixby and I are in the same li [...]

    19. This book made me alternate between this:and this:And I appreciated every single page. Ms. Bixby's Last Day is easily one of the best middle grade novels, heck, one of the greatest novels of all time, that I've read. I'm floored by how much depth was put into this story about three sixth grade boys wanting to make their teacher happy before she gets shipped off to Boston to get further treatment for her pancreatic cancer. It's a touching and hilarious journey where the boys get into mayhem tryin [...]

    20. What kind of teacher would you rather have? Zombies, Caff-Adds, Dungeon Masters, Spielbergs, Noobs, or Good Ones? If you said Good Ones, then you'd be in agreement with sixth graders Steve, Topher, and Brand in Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson. Ms. Bixby is unique: a pink streak in her hair, reading The Hobbit using different voices, and her Bixbyisms. But after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Ms. Bixby would not finish out the last month of school because of treatments. She h [...]

    21. Really a 4.5 if I'm being honest, and I may wind up bumping this up to a 5 when I come back in a few days if I'm still thinking about it. This story was sad, but it was also so hopeful. And I loved tremendously how it explored all the different relationships we have with people, and how those nuances support us and inspire us and get us through things. I loved seeing the friendship of the boys, and their love for their teacher, and the glimpses into their families. I loved that they were kids st [...]

    22. Absolutely wonderful! Unexpected smile invoking read. As a former teacher I am, admittedly, a sucker for "teacher books." But, really this one is worth a go. Uplifting, charming, humorous, and bittersweet. I even debated giving it the rare five stars. The only thing that hindered it's rating is I found the portrayal of the boys maturity level inaccurate, at least based on my experience with kids of that age. Cannot say I have found many fifth grade boys to still be so engaged in make-believe pla [...]

    23. There are six kinds of teachers in the world, according to sixth-graders Topher and his friends Steve and Brand. The sixth kind is the ones they call the Good Ones. And this year they finally have a Good One - Ms. Bixby. So when she sits her class down to tell them that she has been diagnosed with cancer, ductal adenocarcinoma to be exact, and will be leaving soon, the three boys decide to give her the exact last day she had described in class during an assignment: Imagine you had only one day l [...]

    24. It is strange to say that this book was a 'wonderful read', but it truly was. I quickly fell in love with the story's three narrators, who each have a special connection with their teacher Ms. Bixby - one of the good ones. As a teacher, it was interesting and quite inspirational to read about Ms. Bixby, and the impact she had on her students. For all readers, teachers and students alike, Ms. Bixby's Last day is a great reminder that everyone is facing a struggle we know nothing about and that te [...]

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