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The Year of Miss Agnes

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It's 1948 and ten-year-old Fred has just watched her teacher leave — another in a long line of teachers who have left the village because the smell of fish was too strong, the way of life too hard. Will another teacher come to the small Athabascan village on the Koyukuk River to teach Fred and her friends in the one-room schoolhouse? Will she stay, or will she hate the smell of fish, too?

Fred doesn't know what to make of Miss Agnes Sutterfield. She sure is a strange one. No other teacher throws away old textbooks and reads Greek myths and Robin Hood. No other teacher plays opera recordings, talks about "hairy os," and Athabascan kids becoming doctors or scientists. No other teacher ever said Fred's deaf older sister should come to school, too. And no other teacher ever, ever told the kids they were each good at something. Maybe it's because Miss Agnes can't smell anything, let alone fish, that things seem to be all right. But then Miss Agnes says she's homesick and will go back to England at the end of the year. Fred knows what this is about: Just when things seem to be good, things go back to being the same.

How Fred and her friends grow with Miss Agnes is the heart of this story, told with much humor and warmth by Fred herself This is a story about Alaska, about the old ways and the new, about pride. And it's a story about a great teacher who opens a door to the world — where, once you go through, nothing is ever the same again.

Synopsis:

It's 1948 and ten-year-old Fred has just watched her teacher leave — another in a long line of teachers who have left the village because the smell of fish was too strong, the way of life too hard. Will another teacher come to the small Athabascan village on the Koyukuk River to teach Fred and her friends in the one-room schoolhouse? Will she stay, or will she hate the smell of fish, too?

Fred doesn't know what to make of Miss Agnes Sutterfield. She sure is a strange one. No other teacher throws away old textbooks and reads Greek myths and Robin Hood. No other teacher plays opera recordings, talks about "hairy os," and Athabascan kids becoming doctors or scientists. No other teacher ever said Fred's deaf older sister should come to school, too. And no other teacher ever, ever told the kids they were each good at something. Maybe it's because Miss Agnes can't smell anything, let alone fish, that things seem to be all right. But then Miss Agnes says she's homesick and will go back to England at the end of the year. Fred knows what this is about: Just when things seem to be good, things go back to being the same.

How Fred and her friends grow with Miss Agnes is the heart of this story, told with much humor and warmth by Fred herself This is a story about Alaska, about the old ways and the new, about pride. And it's a story about a great teacher who opens a door to the world — where, once you go through, nothing is ever the same again.

Synopsis:

Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrives as the new teacher.

About the Author

Kirkpatrick Hill was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and received degrees in English and education from Syracuse University in New York. She has been an elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, spending most of her time in multigrade classrooms or one-room schoolhouses in the Alaskan "bush." She is the author of two other books set in Alaska, Toughboy and Sister and Winter Camp, the mother of six children, and the grandmother of three. Ms. Hill currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689829338
Author:
Hill, Kirkpatrick
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Ethnic - Native American
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Ethnic - Other
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Athapascan Indians
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Native American
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 98-3237
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.24 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 128 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9780689829338 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It's 1948 and ten-year-old Fred has just watched her teacher leave — another in a long line of teachers who have left the village because the smell of fish was too strong, the way of life too hard. Will another teacher come to the small Athabascan village on the Koyukuk River to teach Fred and her friends in the one-room schoolhouse? Will she stay, or will she hate the smell of fish, too?

Fred doesn't know what to make of Miss Agnes Sutterfield. She sure is a strange one. No other teacher throws away old textbooks and reads Greek myths and Robin Hood. No other teacher plays opera recordings, talks about "hairy os," and Athabascan kids becoming doctors or scientists. No other teacher ever said Fred's deaf older sister should come to school, too. And no other teacher ever, ever told the kids they were each good at something. Maybe it's because Miss Agnes can't smell anything, let alone fish, that things seem to be all right. But then Miss Agnes says she's homesick and will go back to England at the end of the year. Fred knows what this is about: Just when things seem to be good, things go back to being the same.

How Fred and her friends grow with Miss Agnes is the heart of this story, told with much humor and warmth by Fred herself This is a story about Alaska, about the old ways and the new, about pride. And it's a story about a great teacher who opens a door to the world — where, once you go through, nothing is ever the same again.

"Synopsis" by , Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrives as the new teacher.
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