Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness
By Robert Specht
Why this book?
This book is about Anne Hobbs, a nineteen-year-old girl, who in 1927 travels to Alaska to run a ramshackle, one-room schoolhouse. Along the way, she is exposed to more than just the elements. Against the local’s advice, she allows Native American children into her class and falls in love with a half-Inuit man. In this fascinating and charming story, Anne learns the meaning of prejudice and perseverance, irrational hatred, and unconditional love.
This story taught me that we, as girls, can do important things and change the world around us. Anne was sweet and shy, but through showing compassion and concern, she made a change in her community. It wasn’t easy and she faced hardship, but she was successful and content within herself. Why do I love this book? First of all, the book is an adventure about survival in the wilderness. Anne had people watching out for her and helping her, but it took stamina and bravery to get to the little community where her school would be, let alone teach when she was not confident of her abilities. I loved learning about Alaska and what it was like in the past.
The love story was sweet and an added bonus. I first read this book when I was 14 and I’ve never forgotten it. I think it broadened my mind and taught me that even as a young woman, I could accomplish the things I set out to do.
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