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John David Anderson, author of Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers, returns with 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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on June 21, 2016 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN-10: 006233817X
ISBN-13: 9780062338174
4 Book Reviews
  • johnny johnny Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    this was AMAZING it made me, a boy cry
    • grapefruit
      grapefruitSaturday, March 31, 2018 at 4:26 am55 stars
      If your favorite teacher had to leave, what would you do? Would you host a huge goodbye party, or would you sadly watch her walk away? When Ms. Bixby reveals that she has cancer, three boys try to help her celebrate her last days happily. This is a truly touching story about friendship, love, and pushing people to be their best...and it will defenitly make you cry at the end. "If you only had one last day on earth..."
      • kawiiqueen1
        kawiiqueen1Friday, February 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm55 stars
        This book is amazing! I cried reading it! It's an adventure book, and realistiv fiction at the same time! I would recomend this to anyone! It is absolutly amazing!
        • ellsworth2424
          ellsworth2424Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm
          The subject is sad, a teacher who announces she is leaving early during the school year because she's sick. But, the story is a good one -- a group of kids who want to make that last day special. They go to great lengths to show Ms. Bixby how much they care and what she means to them.