ONE VERY ODD TEACHER
The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.
Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.
Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?
Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly, or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed and warrant some closer attention…
This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!
Pages: 73 pages
After recess, Mrs. Murphy handed out a math test. The day got immeasurably worse.
Adam dropped his head into his hands. He knew he was going to fail.
“During this test,” Mrs. Murphy announced, “you’ll need to use the TrooCo pencils from your stationery packs. You aren’t allowed to help others, and you must keep your eyes on your own work. Anyone caught copying will get a zero on the test, and a visit to Principal Sharley.”
She moved closer to where Adam and Jennifer sat. She peered at Adam pointedly. “I don’t think I need to remind you that we will all be doing this silently.”
She handed out the tests and Adam searched in his pencil case for a TrooCo pencil. He found one just as the test slid onto his desk.
He glanced at the first page. It looked incomprehensible. He sighed, wrote his name at the top, and shot Jennifer a desperate look. She shrugged her shoulders, already a few questions in.
Adam stared at Question 1. It began with a picture of a donut.
A teacher needs to chop a donut into thirty pieces, the instructions said. Every child in the class should get the same-sized piece. Draw a diagram to show how it can be done.
Adam frowned. What sort of teacher gives each child one-thirtieth of a donut? he thought.
He strummed his fingers on his chin, trying to figure out what he had to do, but a high-pitched hum was distracting him. Adam forced himself to ignore the noise and concentrate on his test.
Under Question 2, there were several identical cartoon socks. The question was about sorting them into groups of three. Who groups their socks in threes? Adam thought, rolling his eyes. They belong in pairs!
The high-pitched humming sound got louder. Adam willed himself to focus.
The answer to the sock problem was on the tip of his tongue when the humming became unbearable. He glanced up.
Mrs. Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?
Adam frowned. Mrs. Murphy shuffled over to another part of the room, and the humming faded. He looked over at Jennifer, trying to make eye contact. But Jennifer, diligent as always, was engrossed in the second page of the test.
He kept staring at Jennifer, hoping she’d feel his eyes on her and look up. All of a sudden, the humming sound became louder again, ringing in his ears like an angry mosquito.
Adam looked up. Mrs. Murphy was standing right in front of him, her eyes fixed on his. The hum was deafening. “Keep your eyes on your own work, Adam,” she said. Adam nodded, gulped, and stared back down at his test, hoping she’d go away.
From that moment onwards, every time Adam glanced up from his test, Mrs. Murphy was staring right at him. He tried as hard as he could to keep his eyes on his paper, but the noise was making it impossible to think. His score on this test was going to be abysmal.
Once the test was finally over, and Mrs. Murphy had gathered up all the papers, he leaned over to Jennifer. “Please tell me you heard that!” he whispered.
“Heard what?” she asked, raising her eyebrows. Her freckles jumped across her face.
“That noise, during the test. That weird humming.”
Jennifer shook her head. Melodramatically, she touched Adam’s forehead, checking for a fever. Adam rolled his eyes.
“I’m not going crazy,” he said. “I heard something. It was bizarre.”
“Sure you did,” said Jennifer, crossing her arms. “It’s lucky it’s nearly home time, kid. I think you need some rest.”
All thanks to Digital reads Blog tour Shalini and Author Robbie Yates for an opportunity with this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a quick read for me and I will say it is worth buying and reading again and again.
I started this book thinking it was just going to be one of the many usual middle-age stories, but then by the time I’d gotten into the book, I was not only engulfed but I was totally enthralled with every bit of the story. I should nickname this book ‘not your ordinary kind of fiction’. It was a book that took me by surprise. The suspense that came with the book got me hooked till the very last page.
Adam is a smart boy who did well in every other subject except maths because his odd teacher was making it hard for him to concentrate.
His teacher Mrs. Murphy is someone Adam found to be rather queer, but no other person seem to notice except adam, not even his best friend, and his parents didn’t believe his suspicions.
But soon, Jennifer also started to notice Mrs. Murphy’s strange behaviors, so she planned with Adam to get to know the root of their teacher’s strange acts and also to find out why they couldn’t use any other stationery apart from TrooCo stationeries.
It was also fun reading about their short and quite interesting journey to finding out about their teacher. This book will be very knowledgeable for children, especially the ones who like a little adventure and are not too afraid to try or do new things. I thought Adam and Jennifer were really brave and I learned while having fun reading the book.
I also loved how things turned out in the end.
If you are bored and need an interesting read to brighten up your day and also need to read a story about a young hero and heroine. One Very Odd Teacher is the book for you.
I give this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 Stars.
About The Author
Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.
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Author’s Website: http://www.robbieyates.com/