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Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1984
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Anne arrives in Chicken to find the schoolhouse a shambles and barely any materials to teach with. Through the support of the community she is able to create living quarters and get her classroom in order. Being the newcomer and softhearted type, Anne opened her classroom to more than white children. Anne soon learns that the community isn't receptive to her way of thinking but they can't deny she is a good teacher and that Chicken is very lucky to have her. Anne takes us through her struggles and triumphs as her year in Chicken slowly goes by. We always are aware of the weather, surroundings, people, and her classroom accomplishments. Every twist and turn this story takes, you will find yourself wanting to reach the end.
This book was my favorite when I was a little girl and continues to be today. I remember how addicted I got to the storyline and how much I wanted to know how Anne was going to survive her first year teaching in Alaska. Most importantly, we can't overlook the year in which this happened, 1927, where it happened, Alaska, and how open Anne was to the idea of school integration. It amazes me that she didn't want to deny any child or adult an education regardless of race. This is the part of the book that I found the saddest and felt the proudest. I was saddened by the way the white settlers treated and thought about the native people. I was proud of Anne for standing up for what she believed in and that was equality. Tisha will always have a special place in my personal library and Anne Hobbs my personal role model.
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Best book I have read in awhile. Hope we have changed since thenPublished 20 days ago by Kaye Miller
I enjoyed this book. It's a little slow at times, with rather old-fashioned writing—solid and warm but not spectacular. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Melinda
What an unbelievable hardship. This book brought Alaska alive for me. Many social issues to contemplate. A must read for everyone.Published 2 months ago by Annie2
This book is wonderful. It is a great book, especially if you are heading to Alaska. The school house and part of the village is still standing. Great book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story. The author pulls you in so you really know the characters. Brings the romance for the land of the midnight Sun that only a true Alaskan can feel.Published 2 months ago by Joan A. Sonnenburg
good book. Gave you a feel for early life in Alaska. Pretty riveting at the end. I got a little bogged down in middle but still good.Published 2 months ago by Alison P.