Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness (Mass Market Paperbound)

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As told to Robert Specht, this is the true story of 19-year old Anne Hobbs, who journeyed to Alaska in the 1920s to teach but encountered trouble due to her kindness to the Natives. Tisha ("teacher", as pronounced by a pupil) has it all - gripping Wild Alaska adventures, a poignant outlook on natives' rights, even a stirring love story. -Cressida

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The beloved real-life story of a woman in the Alaskan wilderness, the children she taught, and the man she loved

"From the time I'd been a girl, I'd been thrilled with the idea of living on a frontier. So when I was offered the job of teaching school in a gold-mining settlement called Chicken, I accepted right away."

Anne Hobbs was only nineteen in 1927 when she came to harsh and beautiful Alaska. Running a ramshackle schoolhouse would expose her to more than just the elements. After she allowed Native American children into her class and fell in love with a half-Inuit man, she would learn the meanings of prejudice and perseverance, irrational hatred and unconditional love. "People get as mean as the weather," she discovered, but they were also capable of great good.

As told to Robert Specht, Anne Hobbs's true story has captivated generations of readers. Now this beautiful new edition is available to inspire many more.

"The memoir reads like an old-fashioned novel, a heartwarming love story with the added interest of frontier hardships and vividly portrayed characters."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Robert Specht was born and brought up in New York City. A late starter, he graduated from CCNY at the age of thirty-two after winning top awards in both short story and essay competitions. Soon afterward he headed for California, where he became an editor in the Los Angeles offices of a major book publishing firm. It was then that he met the heroine of this book and became fascinated with her story. Not until years later, however, after he became a freelance writer, was he able to sit down and devote his full energies to writing it.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553265965
ISBN-10: 0553265962
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: July 1st, 1984
Pages: 342
Language: English