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Ms. Bixby's last day, John David Anderson

Label
Ms. Bixby's last day
Title
Ms. Bixby's last day
Statement of responsibility
John David Anderson
Title variation
Ms. Bixbys last day
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2016
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
Review
  • Grades 5-7 /* Starred Review */ When Ms. Bixby tells her sixth-grade class that she has cancer and will be leaving before the school year ends, her students are stunned. But the following week, when they learn that she’s already gone into the hospital to start treatment several days early, three boys swing into action, carrying out an ambitious (and mostly legal) plan to create a grand gesture of appreciation, bravado, and connection. Facing a series of practical challenges but armed with Bixbyisms (their teacher’s favorite sayings), Topher, Steve, and Brand display a winning mixture of courage and naïveté as they collect an odd assortment of necessities and head for the hospital. The boys are at an interesting stage. In an early scene, they’re running from a girl who supposedly has cooties, but soon they’re carrying out a serious, chivalrous mission. The first-person narration rotates among the three boys, and readers at first may have a bit of trouble keeping who’s who straight. Through dialogue, action, memories, and reflections, the narrators move the story forward, filling in gaps in understanding until the complex puzzle is complete. Through their individual, interwoven narratives, these well-developed characters become the most intriguing elements of the story. A smart, funny, ultimately moving novel. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 4/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 15, p72)
  • Gr 4–6—When Topher, Steve, and Brand learn that Ms. Bixby is terminally ill, they decide to cut class and give their beloved teacher a truly special tribute, but nothing goes as planned. Simultaneously heartrending, uproariously funny, and affirming, this is that rare story that centers on loss yet isn't overwhelmed by grief or pain; at its heart, this tale celebrates life, friendship, and the importance of finding one's own voice. --Mahnaz Dar, Shelley Diaz, Della Farrell (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 12, p32)
  • /* Starred Review */ Three sixth-grade boys embark on a tragicomic quest to do something special for their beloved teacher, who has announced that she won’t be able to finish out the year following her cancer diagnosis. Upon learning that Ms. Bixby is in the hospital and this is their last chance to see her, best friends Topher, Brand, and Steve concoct a plan to skip school, acquire certain supplies, and spring Ms. Bixby for one last day of fun. But as good intentions collide with reality, the three are forced to adapt their plan and confront the possibility of defeat. The narrative unfolds in humorous yet insightful ways, illuminating Ms. Bixby’s influence on the students’ personal and scholastic lives and emphasizing the power that a good teacher, mentor, or friend can have. Topher’s rich imagination, Steve’s sharp intelligence, and Brand’s common sense keep the rotating voices distinct and the story lively. Anderson (The Dungeoneers) skillfully balances realism and comic exaggeration in an emotionally rich tale that holds no miracles, other than the small human kind. Ages 8–12. Agency: Adams Literary. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/25/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 17, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Determined to give their hospitalized teacher a worthy "last day," three sixth-grade boys skip school and persevere on an impossible quest, deepening their friendship and discovering inner courage they didn't know they had. Ms. Bixby was one of the "Good Ones"—the kind of teacher you pay attention to and who pays attention to you. For each of the three narrators in this moving story, she meant something special. Topher, Steve, and Brand feel unappreciated at home: white artist Topher's parents are busy working; Japanese-American Steve feels inferior to his perfect sister, who meets his father's high standards; and white Brand has shouldered adult responsibilities because his paraplegic father is too depressed to do household tasks. Alternating chapters chronicle their efforts to acquire an expensive cheesecake, a bottle of wine, and a large bag of french fries for a celebratory picnic in the park across the street from the hospital where Ms. Bixby, who recognized their strengths, is being treated for pancreatic cancer. Not surprisingly, their mission is not entirely successful, but, like Atticus Finch, they see it through. 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 12-year-old boys. The urban setting is appropriately diverse and gritty, and humor and pathos are nicely balanced. Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10495149
Cataloging source
VTL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anderson, John David
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • [Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
Interest level
MG
LC call number
  • PZ7.A53678
  • PS3601.N5442
LC item number
  • Ms 2016
  • M76 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
  • 5.2.
  • 5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teachers
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Schools
  • Teachers
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Schools
  • Schools
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Teachers
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Ms. Bixby's last day, John David Anderson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn951745124
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780062338181
Lccn
2015947628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951745124
  • (Sirsi) a1319546
Label
Ms. Bixby's last day, John David Anderson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn951745124
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780062338181
Lccn
2015947628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951745124
  • (Sirsi) a1319546

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