Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson


Ms. Bixby is ‘one of the good ones’--a teacher who loves and inspires her students and makes learning fun. But then she announces to her class she has to leave the year early for cancer treatment. Even worse, her treatment is moved forward and the class will miss their last day celebration. Topher, Brand, and Steve won’t stand for it. They make a plan to give Ms. Bixby her dream last day, even if it means skipping school and traveling to the hospital to do it.

Told alternately through Topher, Brand, and Steve’s perspectives, the reader gets a clearer view of Ms. Bixby and what she really means to these students. This story is funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once. A tribute to those teachers that give their hearts and touch their students in return. The characters are wonderful, but the content is definitely designed for older middle grade readers.

Recommended ages--10 and up

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