Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 10, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she'd taken on a seemingly impossible job -- teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But Helen Keller needed more than a teacher. She needed someone daring enough to work a miracle. And if anyone was a match for Helen, it was the girl they used to call Miss Spitfire.

For Annie, reaching Helen's mind meant losing teeth as raging fists flew. It meant standing up when everyone else had given up. It meant shedding tears at the frustrations and at the triumphs. By telling this inspiring story from Annie Sullivan's point of view, Sarah Miller's debut novel brings an amazing figure to sharp new life. Annie's past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher have never been clearer.

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And for the record, I loved, loved, loved the ending. - Goodreads
Well done good endnotes and explanations. - Goodreads
She is a very gifted writer. - Goodreads
William Allen White selection for grades 6-8. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alexina - Goodreads

Definitely one of my favorite young adult books to date! I loved the writing and it sounds like the author did a ton of research before writing this. I loved Annie's voice throughout the story--job well done! Read full review

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User Review  - Kari - Goodreads

Reading this made me want to read The Story of My Life by Helen Keller and Teacher by Helen Keller along with Anne Sullivan Macy by Nella Braddy Henney. Read full review

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Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at 10 years old, and has spent half her life working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and nominated for numerous state award lists. Sarah lives in Michigan with her family. Visit her online at sarahmillerbooks.com.

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