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Ms. Bixby's Last Day

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Remarkable story of three boys honoring spirited teacher.

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age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Books review

This is a good book for libraries to have because it shows how 1 little thing can affect a big cause.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This quietly funny and deeply moving story about three insightful boys and their remarkable teacher is a tender, pragmatic coming-of-age story. It's is a departure from John David Anderson's action-packed stories (Sidekicked, The Dungeoneers) and evocative of the boyhood bonding in Stand by Me (but much kinder and gentler for a younger audience).

Topher, Steve, and Brand take turns narrating, gradually revealing the heartaches in their home lives and the special ways Ms. Bixby helped them realize their worth and inner strength. It's a magical telling, full of heart, wisdom, and humor that softens the sobering message: Life can be callous, unfair, and blisteringly cruel, but it can be endured with the support of best friends and remarkable people like Ms. Bixby.

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