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.