Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

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A funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you'll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don't even see in yourself. 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 won't be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan--more of a quest, really--to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them--and what the three of them mean to each other.

John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, proven winners with middle grade readers, and Ms. Bixby's Day is no exception.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Walden Pond Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062338174
Characteristics: 300 pages


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LPL_SarahM Jul 03, 2019

A sweet story about 3 middle-schoolers who set out to say "au revoir" to a teacher who has changed their lives.

Apr 15, 2019

I stopped reading this book when someone said the word "JACK@$$". Very inappropriate.

Jan 23, 2019

This book is a treasure. Three sixth grade boys tell about their epic adventure. They skip school together to go visit their teacher in the hospital and spend a last day with her. Their plan is intricate and involves multiple bus rides. Despite encountering multiple obstacles, they persevere. We read the story in alternating chapters giving each boy a voice. It took me a bit to get each boy straight, but it was worth it. What a tender, bittersweet, thrill of a ride. Highly recommended; filled with heart and wisdom for all ages.

Jun 06, 2018

anyone have any recomendations for similar books??

Jan 21, 2018

A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8), but suitable for as young as 3rd or 4th grade.

Three friends plan an epic last day for their teacher after she announces that she has to leave the class before the end of the school year due to illness. We learn why quirky but great Ms. Bixby is so special to the boys as the story unfolds in an adventure they will never forget when nothing goes according to plan.

Dec 11, 2017

If you've read "Wonder" and didn't know what to read next, I highly recommend "Ms. Bixby's Last Day."

Sep 22, 2017

Very touching and will make you think about the people you know and love

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

There are six types of teachers in the world:
- Zombies, who have been teaching for centuries;
- Caff-Adds, also known as Zuzzers because they talk so fast;
- Dungeon Masters, who revel in their oppressive power;
- Spielbergs, who show movies all the time;
- Noobs, who are fresh and bright for a year or two before they burn out into a different category; and
- the Good Ones.
Topher, Steve, and Brand know this because they are the ones who created the classification scheme.

Topher's the storyteller, inventing epic narratives for most everything, which he usually ends up writing or drawing. Steve is the genius with a near photographic memory, who generally has trouble with the illogical ways of others. Brand is the sociable one with common sense who knows how to take care of things--and people. And Ms. Bixby is one of the Good Ones, who has happened to become particularly meaningful to each of the three friends.

When her cancer diagnosis not only steals Ms. Bixby away before the end of the school year but sends her to the hospital even before her planned last day, when her class was to have a party with her, the boys decide to take matters into their own hands: they skip school to deliver, as closely as they can manage, Ms. Bixby's perfect last day to her. They know from the start that it's going to be a pretty big, risky quest, but have no idea just how epic chance and misfortune will make it.

The three sixth-graders take turns telling their story, and through their narration readers come to know them deeply. They are each sympathetic, endearing, and complex, young enough to be immature and silly--the book opens with them getting chased by a classmate for telling her she has cooties ("We've run tests. She came up positive on the cootometer, all red, off the charts")--while old enough to handle some very serious things. They are entirely believable, and their story nicely balances humor, tragedy, and drama. The obstacles they encounter and the course of their adventure are equally believable. Together, those ingredients make for one highly-enjoyable, quality book.

ArapahoeStaff2 Mar 12, 2017

I fell in love with Topher, Brand, and Steve. The novel switches between the three boys point of view, each distinct in character. This book will both make you laugh out loud and cry at the end. Readers will love the sometimes grotesque bathroom humor, as well as the heartwarming friendship the boys have for each other and for their teacher. It's not the last day that matters, but all of the days in between.

lindsay_r Feb 08, 2017

A sweet, sad, and funny story about friendship, family, and that one special teacher that changes your life.

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PimaLib_JeanSC Jun 12, 2017

"Turns out real life isn't like the movies. Life doesn't come all the way back around again. It's not a straight line either. It angles and curves, shoots off a little, twists and turns, but it never gets right back to the place it started. Not that you would want it to. Then you wouldn't feel like you had gotten anywhere." -- Topher

Three sixth-graders go on an adventure of a lifetime to give a beloved teacher a day to remember.

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

That's the difference between artists and the rest of us, I think. Artists know where to put the shadows.

JCLChrisK Apr 17, 2017

Everybody loves a good sob story, so long as it's not their story.

I don't know why. I'm not sure if people honestly care about other people or they just want a way to confirm that they've got it better than someone else.

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