Miss Spitfire tells the story of Helen Keller from Annie Sullivan's
point of view.
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.
Debbie: I'd like to point out to folks to the great reviews and honors the book has received, some of which can be found here. So, other books and projects on the horizon?
Sarah: I have a novel about the last imperial family of Russia (Tsar Nicholas II, Anastasia, Rasputin, etc.) scheduled for release in 2011. It doesn't have an official title yet, but I'm calling it OTMA: Daughters of the Tsar for the time being. After that, all I have to say is "circus."
Debbie: Your favorite place in Michigan?
Debbie: Favorite Michigan event or happening?
Debbie: A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?
Debbie: Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about our state?
Debbie: Very true! (How many of us could look at this map ((or this one)) and confidently point to Nebraska?) Some residents of Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: Are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?