The story is familiar from The Miracle Worker, but I really enjoyed the added detail about Anne Sullivan's younger life. Anne, Helen, and the Keller parents are vividly portrayed (Annie really is a spitfire, and Helen a little hellion which makes for some rousing household battles) and the growing connection between Anne and her pupil is truly moving. I would have liked to see the story continue into the weeks after the big breakthrough moment when Helen comprehends what a word is and to see the effect on her family. But that's still praise, in a way, since I wanted more pages rather than fewer.
This is what it SHOULD mean to be a teacher.
Very well done. I'll look for the author's next biographical novel--about the last Russian princesses, I think.