Helen Keller

Elizabeth MacLeod

Imagine living in total silence and darkness. That's what Helen Keller's world was like after a childhood illness left her deaf and blind. Unable to express herself, she threw tantrums that earned her the nickname “Little Bronco.” But Helen's teacher Annie Sullivan found the key to communicating with her. Only then was the little girl able to experience fully the world around her. Helen went on to become the first deaf and blind college graduate in the United States and worked all her life helping to educate others about people with disabilities.

Using photographs, quotes, letters and drawings, this biography in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to Helen Keller. Also included are a timeline of her life and a list of places to visit to learn more about this inspirational woman.

978-1-55337-509-8 | Feb 1, 2004
List Price: USD $7.95, CAD $7.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“An engaging and often poignant text, Helen Keller: A Determined Life will be enjoyed for both research and pleasure reading.”
— Quill & Quire, March 2004
“Tells Keller's story in a readable, sometimes fictionalized narrative ... includes many well-known facts about Keller's life as well as a few less-familiar details. Suited to reluctant readers.”
— School Library Journal, May 2004
2005 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Runner-up
2005 - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Winner
2004 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Runner-up
2004 - Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine, Runner-up
2004 - YA Top Forty Nonfiction, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner

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