Can't do a plot summary justice right now, so right on to my opinions.
I loved this book. It was a little sappy, a little too pat, probably, but. I've had that kind of teacher, a Mr. Terupt kind of teacher, a life-changing, full-of-ideas, loves-her-job kind of teacher, and there's a certain feeling you as a child when you have a teacher like that that this book captures perfectly. A teacher like that changes the way your classmates act; a teacher like that makes your class a family. This book actually felt--disasters aside--very similar to my 4th-5th-6th grade years, and even if it weren't so very well done, I would have loved it. The chapters alternate first-person-POVs among seven students. SEVEN. And each has a distinct, easily identifiable voice, which is pretty amazing. Each one is believable and relatable. I love every one of those kids, and I loved Mr. Terupt. And I can't wait for the sequel!