Miss Spitfire By Sarah Miller

  “Words bridge the gaps between two minds. Words are a miracle.”  

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.

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in July 1888
Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan, July 1888
Miss Spitfire By Sarah Miller

Miss Spitfire

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“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.”

~ Booklist (starred review)

“A richly textured tapestry of storytelling.”

~ Cooperative Children’s Book Center

“Debut author Miller nails her audience with this fictionalized account of the first few weeks of Helen and Annie’s acquaintance”

~ Kirkus

“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.”

~ School Library Journal

“Miller brings history to life.”

~ Voya

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

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 Ten First Novels for Youth

Booklist Top Ten First Novels For Youth on Audio

Booklist Top Ten Historical Novels 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 December 2007

South Carolina Junior  Book Award nominee

Virginia Reader’s Choice Award nominee

William Allen Whilte Children’s Book Award nominee

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