Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson audiobook

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

By John David Anderson
Read by Jesse Bernstein , Ramón de Ocampo , and Maxwell Glick

Walden Pond Press, HarperCollins 9780062338174
7.80 Hours Unabridged
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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—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. John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, proven winners with middle grade readers, and Ms. Bixby's Day is no exception.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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—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.

John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, proven winners with middle grade readers, and Ms. Bixby's Day is no exception.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kids won’t just love this book. They need it.” Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author
“A story of that one teacher we all have who we’ll never forget, told with laugh-out-loud humor and oh, so much heart.” Gordon Korman, New York Times bestselling author
“This is not a book about [Bixby] precisely; it is a book about three hurt and damaged sixth-grade boys who have been given a tremendous gift by Ms. Bixby’s teaching and life: They have been given more to be human beings with. They are about to demonstrate how much more.” New York Times Book Review
“Through their individual, interwoven narratives, these well-developed characters become the most intriguing elements of the story. A smart, funny, ultimately moving novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“Anderson’s dialogue is realistic, and his choice of first-person narration gradually reveals each boy’s history and personal growth. His characters are believable twelve-year-old boys. The urban setting is appropriately diverse and gritty, and humor and pathos are nicely balanced.” Kirkus Reviews (starred reviews)
“Skillfully balances realism and comic exaggeration in an emotionally rich tale that holds no miracles, other than the small human kind.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Narrators Jesse Bernstein, Ramon de Ocampo, and Maxwell Glick prove their excellence as they quickly define the trio of sixth-graders featured in this story: Topher is a bit sarcastic, Steve is big on getting the facts, and Brand enjoys wordplay. At first, the story takes a light tone as the boys run from a girl with cooties. But the tone changes abruptly when their teacher, Ms. Bixby, announces she must leave to start cancer treatment. The boys come up with a plan to honor her.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: John David Anderson

Author Bio: John David Anderson

John David Anderson is the author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an ALA Notable Book; as well as Posted, Sidekicked, Minion, and The Dungeoneers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 7.80
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English