Anne Marie's Reviews > Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

Miss Spitfire by Sarah  Miller
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Aug 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school, upper-elementary
Read in September, 2007

Annie Sullivan takes the assignment to work with a little girl named Helen Keller in this historical fiction account of Helen and her teacher. Annie, herself once a stubborn, strong-headed girl, meets her match in Helen. Her family refuses to punish Helen as she goes about her ways and acts wildly. Annie, frustrated with a lack of support from Helen’s parents, asks to go away for a while, just the two of them so that Annie can have complete control over Helen’s behavior and correction. Through letters to her housemate at the Perkins School for the Blind, Miller starts each chapter with a grain of what’s to come. Well done – good endnotes and explanations.

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