I thought this was a great book. We homeschool and this was required reading for my 7 year old, for our tutorial. We read the book together and she thought is was very interesting. It was a simple story and she related to the main character being around the same age as her. In the book the teacher encourages them to write- it didnt matter what they wrote, it was just important to write. It inspired her to write a story of her own. She used names similar to the characters in the book. It was a two page run on, sometimes hard to figure out what she was trying to say story, but she took Miss Agnes's advice and wrote. That's a good message.
It's seldom I read a book and then reread it immediately, but I really enjoyed this one:
"The Year of Miss Agnes," by Kirkpatrick Hill,is about a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in a rural Alaskan village in 1949, where the Athabascan villagers make a subsistence living, and all the grownups have had little or no education. No teacher has lasted there more than a year.
This short narrative is told by 12-year-old Fredericka, and is not only about the new teacher's unusual teaching methods and the changes she causes in the village and the school, but also about the villagers' mixture of traditional and modern living. For example, they sell (and use) fur mittens and shoeshoes they make in the traditional manner, but buy their parkas through the Sears catalog.
The dedication is "In memory of Sylvia Ashton-Warner and all unorthodox teachers." The author (who has written other children's books) spent many years teaching elementary school in the Alaskan hinterlands.