The Year of Miss Agnes Tradebook
This is a story of a gifted teacher and how she impacts her students and their community in post World War II Alaska. Fredrika (Fred), a young girl living in rural Alaska, narrates this story. Fred describes how life in Athabasca changes after a new teacher, Miss Agnes, comes to their school. Fred had experienced a series of teachers who did not understand the local culture and customs. Miss Agnes is different. She genuinely cares about the children as individuals and makes what they are learning relevant to their lives. Miss Agnes uses innovative teaching methods to engage all of the children in their studies. She even learns sign language to help a deaf student! The students gain confidence in their abilities and become passionate learners.