Friday, January 11, 2008

Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller

I recommend this book for: grade 6 and up

This book takes the reader inside the mind of Annie Sullivan as she meets Helen Keller for the first time, struggles with Helen's habits and family, and faces her own personal demons. I was unfamiliar with Sullivan's history, which is a story as inspirational (and sadder) than Helen's. Annie just wants someone to love her, and envisions Helen being that person, but it is difficult. Helen has no manners and does whatever she wants, from putting her hands in everyone's dinner but her own to locking Annie into their bedroom when she doesn't want to have another lesson.

I definitely recommend this one for its historical value, the new look at some famous women, and the realistic portrayal of their emotions and struggles. I devoured it!

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