• Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

#AtoZChallenge – Y The Year of Miss Agnes

Here we are at letter Y. Can you believe it? The end is in sight!

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

I’m adding this title to my TBR list and here’s why:

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn’t have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard.
But Miss Agnes is different — she doesn’t get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write — but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?

It’s a middle grade read with a topic about something I’ve not seen in this age group: Alaska natives. The cover of the book has a Boxcar Children feel which makes me all warm and fuzzy. The topic of Alaskan school children is one that I never get tired of reading about. It’s so rare in kid lit.

Oh I hope Miss Agnes stays around.

What’s your fave Y book?

Stay tuned for the last book of the year!


8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – Y The Year of Miss Agnes”
  1. I like the book cover, too. I just donated a gang of Boxcar Children books to Goodwill. Our daughters loved those stories when they were small. Organizing and sorting through the rubble as relatively newbie empty-nesters (going on second year since last child left home), there is often a bittersweet pill to swallow when I stumble upon a piece of nostalgia. It’s hard to let go at times.

    1. EMPTY NEST?? I’ll be doing that this fall too. send me the books and we will cry together.

  2. This is on my TBR pile as well. My kids read it for school and recommended it to me. It’s been sitting there a while…I’m pulling it out for this weekend. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. YES we should totally read this book together!

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