Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
For Annie, reaching Helen's mind meant losing teeth as raging fists flew. It meant standing up when everyone else had given up. It meant shedding tears at the frustrations and at the triumphs. By telling this inspiring story from Annie Sullivan's point of view, Sarah Miller's debut novel brings an amazing figure to sharp new life. Annie's past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher have never been clearer.
Miss Spitfire is about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. Annie is sent to teach Helen Keller, a deaf-blind student. Annie has no teaching experience! How will she attempt to teach and control this pupil? This book explains just how. I had to read this book for school, and I thought that I would not like it. But once I began to read it I found that I really enjoyed this book.
Everyone's heard about Helen Keller. But what about Annie Sullivan, her mentor. In the brillance of Helen Keller's success, Annie Sullivan was often overlooked. But really, it was Annie's struggles that led to the breakthrough that would change Helen Keller's life and the view of the world on blind/deaf people forever.
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller tells Annie's story. When Annie Sullivan arrived at the Kellers' home she was met to a household of chaos and frustration. Helen Keller had never been taught to behave- she had always got what she wanted. But Annie, was determined to connect Helen to society. What followed is a story of determination, courage and hope.
Miss Spitfire is obviously a well-researched book. Each chapter begins with a quote from Annie herself. Sarah Miller manages to capture Annie Sullivan's voice and express to us the importance of language/communication. It was a truly excellent novel.