Year of Miss Agnes

Year of Miss Agnes

# 027724

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Item #: 027724
ISBN: 9780689851247
Grades: 3-AD

Product Description:

When ten year old Frederika learns that there is to be a new teacher coming, she does not count on her staying for very long. In the four years since school began in her remote Alaskan village, no single teacher has stayed for more than a full year. More often than not, the teachers tend to leave before the school year has even finished! Under Miss Agnes's instruction, the kids find themselves enjoying their lessons and learning more than ever before. Is she here to stay or will the harsh Alaskan lifestyle drive Miss Agnes to leave like all those before her? ~ Enh

Publisher Description:

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard.
But Miss Agnes is different -- she doesn't get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write -- but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?

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Mass Market
8 to 12
Emphasis on Reading Award ( NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD ) 2002 ; Great Stone Face Children's Book Award ( NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD ) 20
Kirkpatrick Hill
Softcover Book
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Simon & Schuster
0.2006 (lbs.)
7.7" x 5.1" x 0.4"
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A new book to go our history study this year.
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A new book to go our history study this year.
Kevin H on Aug 9, 2020
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Know some that had when a child would to re read
Cora H on Mar 7, 2018
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My son (age 7) and I read and discussed this book together In the novel our main character is a little girl growing up in a remote Alaskan Indian village In the first pages we see yet another teacher in their one-room schoolhouse has quit but not before insulting the children and expressing her disgust at their culture and customs (such as eating lots of fish) There is apprehension as they wait to see who will be next to teach them Fortunately that "who" is Miss Agnes She brings with her fresh ideas shelves the old books and opens up a whole new world of thoughts and ideas to the children inspiring not only the children but the parents to shift some of their ideas A strong theme in the book is who needs school and how much including teaching of the deaf schooling beyond the basic (college) and attitudes towards schooling in a native culture I won't spoil the ending for you but suffice to say it leaves open a nice discussion and some thought My son still likes to come up to me (weeks later) and discuss this novel It is a simple plot simple times wonderful characters and still leaves lots to discuss given it's short length
November 6, 2010

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