by Allan Woodrow (2015)
We’ve all experienced a Ms. Bryce before – that strict, old-fashioned teacher that has been in the profession way too long. A teacher that you wish would quit. Class 507, the worst class Ms. Bryce has ever taught, gets their wish when she resigns during the middle of a science experiment disaster. And the school office never finds out, leaving Class 507 without a teacher.
This novel is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of five students in Ms. Bryce’s class: Kyle, the scatter-brained class clown; Maggie, the driven, bossy brain who takes over the class; Samantha, the rich, snooty, fashionista; Eric, a shy, quiet writer, and Adam, a good kid who always finds himself in trouble. The students think having no teacher is going to be one big party, but they soon find themselves tasked with writing and performing their own original play about the American Revolution. Through their first-person narratives, readers see how the characters grow as individuals, realize their own talents, and come together as a class to put on a successful show.
“I think I might have learned more from not having a teacher than I did having one.” – Maggie
Allan Woodrow’s humorous novel and relatable characters will engage both boys and girls as well as adults. The range of themes and topics will captivate students and stimulate families. All readers can learn something from the journeys these characters take and the valuable lessons they learn about themselves along the way.
“Maybe it’s better to be a blooming, colorful flower, even at the risk of getting plucked.” – Eric