Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller

Annie Sullivan took the job nobody else wanted--the nearly impossible job of teaching a girl who was both blind and deaf. Helen had almost no way to communicate and was allowed to run wild on her parent's estate of Ivy Green. Armed with cake (Helen's favorite treat) and determination, Annie turned Helen's life around. The struggles, the frustration, even the missing teeth (that Helen knocked out of Annie's mouth) are worth it in the end when Annie makes that miraculous breakthrough and reaches Helen at last.

Miss Spitfire (the title comes from Annie's nickname as a child when she was in the orphanage) is a great story. You might know the story of Helen Keller, but this fictional telling breathes new life into it. Annie Sullivan, the orphan who grew up partially blind in a state home, is the girl you want for your friend, a girl who won't give up until she meets her goal. Even if you think you have no interest in the story of Helen Keller, give this a try--the story of Annie Sullivan and the wild girl she tames will draw you in and keep you hooked until the end.

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