★ "Skillfully balances realism and comic exaggeration in an emotionally rich tale that holds no miracles, other than the small human kind." —Publishers Weekly
★ "Sad and satisfying in just the right amounts." —Kirkus Reviews
★ "A full-spectrum, emotionally satisfying experience that will have readers laughing, crying, and everything in between."
—School Library Journal
★ "A smart, funny, and ultimately moving novel." —Booklist
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
John David Anderson
Walden Pond Press / 2016
Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The good ones. The not-so-good ones. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. But Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile. Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.
Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what Ms. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve—and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her.
John David Anderson, the acclaimed author of Sidekicked, returns with a story of three kids, a very special teacher, and one day that none of them will ever forget.