It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everythingand everyone. ""The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion.""--School Library Journal, Starred ""This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion.""--Publishers Weekly ""No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers.""--Kirkus Reviews ""Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness.
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