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Miss Spitfire

Miss Spitfire

by Sarah Miller

Growing up as a half-blind orphan, Annie Sullivan had to fight all her life to survive. As a student at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, her unbreakable will convinced her teachers that after graduation, Annie could become a teacher herself. After all, if there was anyone who could handle a difficult student, it was the girl who had earned the nickname Miss Spitfire.

But Annie's first assignment as a teacher seemed impossible. Her student had been completely blind and deaf since she was a baby. The girl understood sensations but did not know a single word. Her name was Helen Keller.

When Annie arrived at Helen's home in small-town Alabama, she found that Helen's parents, not knowing what to do with her, allowed her to live with no rules or restrictions. As Annie set out to teach her new student discipline, she encountered resistance from Helen's parents, and their lessons became a ferocious test of wills.

But Annie believed in Helen's intelligence, and she saw herself in this spirited and fiercely independent girl. In the end, Annie's fierce devotion lead to a breakthrough, but it was the growing love for her student that forged what became a lifelong connection, one that took them both to heights that they never could have imagined.

An historically accurate timeline and black-and-white photos are included in this fictionalized account.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Historical Fiction

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Sarah Miller

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