Miss Spitfire

Reaching Helen Keller

About The Book

Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she'd taken on a seemingly impossible job -- teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But Helen Keller needed more than a teacher. She needed someone daring enough to work a miracle. And if anyone was a match for Helen, it was the girl they used to call Miss Spitfire.

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.

About The Author
photograph courtesy of the author

Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at 10 years old, and has spent half her life working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and nominated for numerous state award lists. Sarah lives in Michigan with her family. Visit her online at sarahmillerbooks.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 2007)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416925422
  • Grades: 5 - 7
  • Ages: 10 - 12

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Awards and Honors
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Emphasis on Reading Book Award (AL)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • Prairie Pasque Award (SD)
  • Jefferson Cup Honor Book
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