Miss Spitfire

Miss Spitfire

Reaching Helen Keller

Book - 2007
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At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. Includes historical notes and timeline.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781416925422
Branch Call Number: J MILLER
Characteristics: 208 pages, 22 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Miss Spitfire by Sarah Elizabeth Miller tells the story of Helen Keller, who had school brought to her in the form of teacher, Annie Sullivan. The marvelous breakthrough that has been documented in biographies and film is even more miraculous in this novel as the author has described with exacting detail the day to day ordeal that Annie and Helen endured for a whole month together. (more)

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Feb 12, 2018

Most of us know about the moment at the water pump when Helen truly understood what water was. What many of us do not know is that Annie spent more than a month fingerspelling with Helen and disciplining her so that she would complete the simplest of tasks.

In this book you will see the time Annie spent with Helen from her own perspective. Sarah Miller delved into many resources (all listed in the back of the book) to put together this remarkable story and show us why Annie was uniquely qualified to understand Helen more than any other person in her life. Included are excerpts from Annie's life before she was recruited to teach Helen as well as a timeline and photos.

I was impressed by the fact that Sarah Miller changed her major to linguistics and taught herself Braille after seeing "The Miracle Worker" on stage and reading more about Helen Keller.

Dimmu16 Jul 30, 2012

This story is unbelievable! All the things Annie had gone through! And Helen! This story is amazing! And it will touch your heart!

May 14, 2012

Fantastic novel!!! It really touched my heart and i thourouly enjoyed it!!!!!


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May 14, 2012

Violence: She does alot of tackaling to get her do do stuff

May 14, 2012

Coarse Language: Annie calls Helen a couple names


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Dimmu16 Jul 30, 2012

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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