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. 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.
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by Eugene Burger, John E. McLaughlin, David Morey
by David Klass
by Will Hobbs
by Trudi Trueit
"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. It gains in complexity and demands extreme courage. Soon, the boys' collaborative power becomes clear as do the reasons for their devotion to this life-changing teacher. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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