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Tisha by Robert Specht
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Jul 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, biography, non-fiction, romance, 20th-century, 10-10-10
Recommended for: Kellie, Jodi
Read from July 27 to 28, 2010 , read count: 1

themes: race, discrimination, love, education, survival, courage
setting: Alaska 1920s

Anne Hobbs grew up in mining towns, but she decided she wanted some adventure, to do something different with her life. So she set off for Alaska to be a schoolteacher. She faces some harsh conditions there, but the hardest thing to deal with is the persistent racism against the Indians. Anne's own grandma was an Indian, and she was the only person who ever showed her unconditional love. Anne is the last person to hold someone's race against them. Whenever Anne needs a standard for how to behave, she looks to her grandmother. This puts her in opposition to most of the town people, but she refuses to back down.

This is very similar in feel to Mrs. Mike. This also has a love story, but it's not such smooth sailing. Only after a tragedy is Anne able to find her way to a happy ending, and even then, it may take a while.

I really loved this book. Great feeling for the place and time, the attitudes and the hardships settlers faced in Alaska. Highly recommended.
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