Book Review: Miss Spitfire

Book Review: Miss Spitfire

June Jung, Reporter

Miss Annie comes straight out of the Perkins Institute for the blind and into an interesting home, with a blind and deaf, six-year-old girl, who is as ferocious as any wild animal. She doesn’t even know the concept of language. It has never occurred to her that objects have names that are called words and that they fit together to make a sentence. Miss Annie’s job is to teach Helen Keller, the basics of the language. Miss Annie knows it’s possible, but it is difficult. She will have some struggles against Helen Keller, but in the end, she has nowhere else to go.

Sullivan went through on her journey to teach Helen Keller the mystery of language. The author, Sarah Miller took an interesting story and turned it into the book, a journey that each one of us takes into the world of Annie Sullivan as we read this book. I love it, because, the author uses excellent word choice and a lovely description of this historic event in all of our lives. This book is one of my all-time favorites and recommends it very strongly.

It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. When I first opened this book’s pages, I was already sucked into it.  It talks about Annie Sullivan’s past, and how it affected her. I learned that Ms. Sullivan had a really bad childhood. Her parents were nice but her father was brutal. She had three siblings, one healthy sister, one sickly brother. After some time her parents both got sick and died. She was then transferred to her aunts and uncle’s house. Then became too much for them and was shipped off to Tewksbury, Massachusetts with her brother.

With a dream to go to school, Annie finally got into Perkins Institute for the blind and persevered her dream from there.