Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Book - 2016
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Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062338174
006233817X
9780062338181
0062338188
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 22 cm

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DPLbooklists_kids Jan 10, 2018

Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.


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JerryJennings
Jul 16, 2020

Ms. Bixby said, “We all have moments when we think nobody really sees us. When we feel like we have to act out or be somebody else just to get noticed. But somebody notices, Topher. Somebody sees. Somebody out there probably thinks you're the greatest thing in the whole world. Don't ever think you're not good enough.”
― John David Anderson, Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson is a middle grade novel about a sixth grade teacher, Ms. Bixby, and three of her students Topfer, Steve and Brand.
It is a serious story. Ms. Bixby has cancer. It is also: touching, funny, inspiring and very much about these three boys and who they are as members of their families and as sixth graders.
John David Anderson allows us to see the influence Ms. Bixby has had on these boys. So, we learn a lot a lot about Ms. Bixby through chapters where she is not present.
All teachers ever have to really connect with students is influence. It comes from their actions, words, knowledge, character and the respect they show their students. Ms. Bixby knows her students. She helps them grow.
And mostly this is a story about three of her students. It is a good story. I recommend it.

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heidijoemonty
Aug 09, 2019

An absolutely endearing story about three boys and their amazing teacher who made them feel seen. We should all be like Ms. Bixby. Also, I want to buy these three boys a bag of cheeseburgers. One of the best books I've read.

LPL_SarahM Jul 03, 2019

A sweet story about 3 middle-schoolers who set out to say "au revoir" to a teacher who has changed their lives.

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StarRocks1000
Apr 15, 2019

I stopped reading this book when someone said the word "JACK@$$". Very inappropriate.

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darladoodles
Jan 23, 2019

This book is a treasure. Three sixth grade boys tell about their epic adventure. They skip school together to go visit their teacher in the hospital and spend a last day with her. Their plan is intricate and involves multiple bus rides. Despite encountering multiple obstacles, they persevere. We read the story in alternating chapters giving each boy a voice. It took me a bit to get each boy straight, but it was worth it. What a tender, bittersweet, thrill of a ride. Highly recommended; filled with heart and wisdom for all ages.

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ravenschild
Jun 06, 2018

anyone have any recomendations for similar books??

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booknrrd
Jan 21, 2018

A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8), but suitable for as young as 3rd or 4th grade.

Three friends plan an epic last day for their teacher after she announces that she has to leave the class before the end of the school year due to illness. We learn why quirky but great Ms. Bixby is so special to the boys as the story unfolds in an adventure they will never forget when nothing goes according to plan.

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BrownJerseyHen
Dec 11, 2017

If you've read "Wonder" and didn't know what to read next, I highly recommend "Ms. Bixby's Last Day."

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royce1128
Sep 22, 2017

Very touching and will make you think about the people you know and love

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

There are six types of teachers in the world:
- Zombies, who have been teaching for centuries;
- Caff-Adds, also known as Zuzzers because they talk so fast;
- Dungeon Masters, who revel in their oppressive power;
- Spielbergs, who show movies all the time;
- Noobs, who are fresh and bright for a year or two before they burn out into a different category; and
- the Good Ones.
Topher, Steve, and Brand know this because they are the ones who created the classification scheme.

Topher's the storyteller, inventing epic narratives for most everything, which he usually ends up writing or drawing. Steve is the genius with a near photographic memory, who generally has trouble with the illogical ways of others. Brand is the sociable one with common sense who knows how to take care of things--and people. And Ms. Bixby is one of the Good Ones, who has happened to become particularly meaningful to each of the three friends.

When her cancer diagnosis not only steals Ms. Bixby away before the end of the school year but sends her to the hospital even before her planned last day, when her class was to have a party with her, the boys decide to take matters into their own hands: they skip school to deliver, as closely as they can manage, Ms. Bixby's perfect last day to her. They know from the start that it's going to be a pretty big, risky quest, but have no idea just how epic chance and misfortune will make it.

The three sixth-graders take turns telling their story, and through their narration readers come to know them deeply. They are each sympathetic, endearing, and complex, young enough to be immature and silly--the book opens with them getting chased by a classmate for telling her she has cooties ("We've run tests. She came up positive on the cootometer, all red, off the charts")--while old enough to handle some very serious things. They are entirely believable, and their story nicely balances humor, tragedy, and drama. The obstacles they encounter and the course of their adventure are equally believable. Together, those ingredients make for one highly-enjoyable, quality book.

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PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 12, 2017

"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.

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

That's the difference between artists and the rest of us, I think. Artists know where to put the shadows.

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

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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