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 if anyone was a match for Helen Keller, it was the girl who’d been nicknamed Miss Spitfire.
In her efforts to reach Helen’s mind, Annie lost teeth to the girl’s raging blows, but she never lost faith in her ability to triumph. Told in first person, Annie Sullivan’s past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher are vividly depicted in this powerful novel.
"In language that often reads like poetry, Miller creates a strong portrait of Sullivan's accomplishments, as well as her character — volatile, ferociously intelligent, and yearning for love and belonging, just like Helen. 'Words bridge the gaps between two minds. Words are a miracle,' Sullivan says. Miller's words reach beyond the historical facts here, encouraging readers to think about the small miracles of connection they can accomplish with words every day." — Gillian Engberg, Booklist
|10 - 14
|Aug 18, 2010
|Atheneum Books for Young Readers