Blog Tour! Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

bixbyMs. Bixby’s Last Day
By John David Anderson
320 pages – ages 8+
Will be Published by Walden Pond Press on June 21, 2016

Synopsis from Publisher

“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.”

Bixby’s Last Day
By John David Anderson - Our Review

What I Thought

This was an interesting take for a new genre from Mr. Anderson – he normally writes in a fantasy/superhero genre, not a realistic fiction. AND… this book was pretty darn good.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect, I agreed to read it because I liked Mr. Anderson’s other books. I am glad I did so. Mr. Anderson gets into the minds of the three main characters, and he makes them extremely life-like, so much that you believe that they could exist.

They act like normal elementary school boys, and that made the book so much more enjoyable. The story is actually quite sad and reserved, but it also has a way of making you feel good about yourself at the same time.

Mr. Anderson has written a marvelous foray into realistic fiction, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks


John David Anderson Author

Bio: John David Anderson is the author of many books for young readers, including Sidekicked (See my review HERE) and The Dungeoneers (See my review HERE). A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at

There is an excerpt that you can read from the novel HERE.
You can also see a video featuring the book HERE.

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4 Responses to “Blog Tour! Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson”

June 8, 2016 at 10:55 am #
There is nothing more valuable than a good teacher. I think it is great that Mr. Anderson wrote a book about a great teacher. Bravo!



Ms. Yingling Reads (@MsYingling)
June 8, 2016 at 11:27 am #
I thought it had a good mix of action and adventure to spice up the general air of sadness. I wish more authors would keep this in mind!



Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews
June 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm #
I LOVE the cover. Perfect view from inside the classroom. I would love to read this book. Teachers can be the best.



Catherine Johnson
June 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm #
It sounds gripping, Erik. I hope I can get Matthew to read it in the hols.