nnie 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.
Alabama Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee
ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
ALSC Notable Children's Recording
Book Links Lasting Connections of 2007 Title
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth on Audio 2010
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth
CCBC Choices 2008 selection
Cybils Award Middle Grade Finalist
Great Lakes Book Award Finalist
Jefferson Cup Honor Book
Prairie Pasque Book Award Nominee
Readergirlz featured title for December 2007
South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee
Virginia Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
William Allen White Children's Book Award Nominee
"In language that often reads like poetry, Miller creates a strong portrait of Sullivan’s accomplishments, as well as her character - volatile, ferociously intelligent, and yearning for love and belonging, just like Helen."
"A richly textured tapestry of storytelling."
“Debut author Miller nails her audience with this fictionalized account of the first few weeks of Helen and Annie's acquaintance”
"Filled with the tension, animosity, and determination that Annie Sullivan felt upon meeting Helen Keller . . . this excellent novel is compelling reading even for those familiar with the Keller/Sullivan experience. Children encountering them for the first time will feel an overwhelming sense of wonder and delight when Annie helps Helen make a communication breakthrough."
"Miller brings history to life."