The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness

By Robert Specht

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Readers` Reviews

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mildred anne
Well written! Easy read! Good story! I guess you have figured out that I enjoyed this book very much.
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sabina
Very exciting ending.
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jessi thornhill
Interesting and exciting to read!
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marie
Enjoyed her journey
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miguel corte real
I was so impressed by this courageous young woman. This world needs more of her and less of some of the phony ones. I confess I would never have had the courage to do what she did.
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julia flath
Loved the book 2nd time as much as the first. As a tour director and going to Alaska was able to visit Chicken, and shared more first copy of the book with my travelors. Short book with a lot of meaning, Everyone should read Tisha.
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shelly erpelding
It was as wonderful book. I did recommend it to friends.
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nyssa
Tisha is a captivating story, increasing my appreciation for teachers everywhere. My heart went out to this lady who gave and gave to her students.
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stephanie cueman
great story---
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cem bozku
Captures the spirit of Alaska.
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shannon walker
If you are the least bit interested in life in Alaska be sure and read this delightful book. I could not put it down.
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cal creamer
Exceptional
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aiste
Anyone who has spent time or years in Alaska or anyone who has a desire to teach in the bush, or go to Alaska, should read this book. This book is written about a school teacher teaching the little native children in old Alaska. It's about a brave and couragous woman in a remote wilderness. Hannah had to deal with tough, uneducated people like bootleggers, tribal chiefs etc.
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christy wopat
good read
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rosyosy
Great book! Very well written
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raymond
This is a great story! It gives a good look into our past
and a new appreciation for life as we know it now.
(It made our couple weeks of -20 to -40 degree windchill
factors in our Iowa winter much more bearable this year!)
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kelli oliver george
It was exactly as described. I will buy from them again some time in the future.
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craig suchanec
Knowing whats was like in 1927 in alaska is a great learning experience plus the love between fred and her really enhance the story. Great easy reading.
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marcia karasoff
The young teacher goes to the last frontier and loves the children she teaches but also learns about the pervasive discrimination towards Indians. Cultural and climate descriptions are vivid. This is a book everyone should read, starting at a middle school level.
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meacie
Wonderful story of a young teacher's adventures taking a teaching job in the wilderness of Alaska. If you have been to Alaska and been to some of the places, like Chicken, which we saw during our travels to Alaska.
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ryan a
I have read this book at least three times and love it every time. I always pass it on to someone who will appreciate it. Hopefully as much as I have.
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mirela
I have loved this book for years and was so glad to find it again! A young woman going to the wilderness, fighting prejudice and finding love.
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danapulley
We were in Chicken, Alaska and picked up this book. My husband and I both read it and found it very engaging and an easy read. Historical with some romance thrown in, a nice escape.
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doug duncan
Great book focused on education, learning and survival.
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ceara shoffstall
Love this book
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aconcisehistory
Fantastic, it was a great book also it come in real good shape
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nick springer
I was in Chicken, Alaska while I was reading this book, and it was a great reading experience. What a story.
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jessica renee
Wonderful read.
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catherine draper
One of my favorites! Exciting story, likeable characters and good writing.
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venita
Alaska then and now is fascinating to me. A lovely record of life as it was and the hardships of living in a remote area.
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loriek
What a great book, An Alaskan treasure. Couldn't find the letter she wrote later on about her children. i found it in the gift store at Chicken. Alaska and have miss placed it.
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carey duques
I love this story having read it many years ago and purchased this copy for a young teacher going to Alaska to teach in the outback.
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theo johnson
I visited the area and purchased land in Eagle. Have not been able to live there but this story makes me still dream of it.
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vlad
Great book!
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courtney navarro
Specht's tale of Tisha, a teacher in Alaska, parallels my mother's life in the Yukon Territory in the 1940s. Our family lived in a mining camp ... Glacier Creek ... and my mother taught my brother and myself and three other children along the creeks including the daughter of a camp prostitute.
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lefty leibowitz
this is an amazing story
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marlizette badenhorst
The first time I read this book I was 13 and I've loved it ever since. So happy to have found a copy that I can keep on hand to re-read over and over.
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ted hovey
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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erin kent
I really enjoyed this book as the story tells of life in the Alaska Wildness when times were tough. It is a story for all ages and I highly recommend this book.
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arcelia
very interesting and a true life story--I like that. first book I read on my Kindle and it is so much easier to read.
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derek sandhaus
Great storytelling!
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simon marcus
Nice item. Quick Ship
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farzana
I am almost 50, and this was the first chapter book I ever read. I bought it for my 84 year old mother for Christmas.
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foroogh
I will pass this to all my friends and family. Wonderful book. If you love to read about Alaska or teaching you will love this book.
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ernie joselovitz
MY HUSBAND IS READING IT BUT WE GOT TWO COPIES ONE OLD AND ONE NEW

PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO RETURN THE NEW COPY AND REMOVE IT FROM MY CREDIT CARD
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yilan
I liked the story, characters (except for the unsavory ones!) and how they all got along or not with prejudices, difficult living conditions, etc.
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kaysha
As a teacher, I enjoyed imagining myself in her situation!
Can't fathom existing in that temperature and environment- didn't seem to bother them.
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sheneil
A fun read, especially after spending time travelling in the north
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deepanjali
This is a very interesting book, and I really enjoyed it. You feel as if you are there. It is really amazing what this young woman had to go through. I couldn't put it down.
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emma martine
While reading this, I truly felt like I was there!
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paolo
Hard to find and so happy to get this enjoyable book
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jennifer melito
A great book, very hard to put down. The characters are relatable and I found myself caught up in the emotion of the story.
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vito
This book was read while on a two month rv trip in Alaska. It was almost as delightful as the breathtaking scenery of this great state. A great read.
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erica carter
My copy just arrived, what a disappointment in the format, now I wish I had bought a used copy of an earlier publication. This Bantam Books is just TOO small (4" x 6 1/2"). I will ask a question about the size of the book before buying another esp. if a Bantam Book !
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tara reed
Going to read it again and again!
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susie
Excellent read. Really enjoyed it.
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bjipson
This is a really well told story of a courageous pioneer educator.
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kazim abdu samad
One of the best stories ever written!
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emma alling
A very interesting and entertaining book. It is on our book club list.
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magnolia
All of the ladies enjoyed this book to the max.
An interesting tale of life in the extreme cold. A good 'summer' read.
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daren
This is a book I will reread many times. If you ever wondered what it was like to live in the wilderness of Alaska, this is the book to read. A fascinating adventure!
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esmael
I was very impressed. The price was fair. The book was shipped in a timely manner and came in the condition promised. Excellent!
Coni
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sarah synhorst
This paperback was in top condition. The book arrived in less than a week. Thanks for your re-cycle efforts. Keep up the good work.
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becky voight
This book kept my attention and gave me as much to look forward to on my short daily readings as The Hunger Games did. There were real life lessons, danger, and pathos surrounding the treatment of the people native to Alaska. I found myself becoming part of the beauty and the hardships of this unforgiving land and the people who had the grit to live there. Anne was a great heroine with strength, charm and humanity; and the hero was stalwart, strong and brave.
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stacy frank
A fascinating biography that is well written and keeps your attention, wanting to know how it will end because being true it does not have to have a happy ending
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brownbetty
I have not had an opportunity to read the book yet but know I will like it. I have read extensively about the last czar Nicholas and his family. I have also visited St Petersburg and the church where they are interred. The book is 800 pages so it will take some time
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ayyaz
A very interesting account in a geographical area I knew little about. Wonderful depictions of honest yet flawed characters. This book chronicles the results of deep racism concerning the native peoples in our country.
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camille corbett
Nice to read about where I vacationed
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bradley dibble
Outstanding story, book just as described. ==Speeedy==delivery as promised~!
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cath russell
Didn't like it.
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manoj sharma
I found the reader's voice to be irritating
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h jane
How odd that prejudice is so strong even when there are few people. How sad! As I think about our country now, with Trump in power, it seems this curse will never leave us.
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carol gagliardi
Loved this book. True story. Real page turner
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jorel
This rating should be a 5 star. This is one of my favorite books ever! Apparently, I'm not able to rate it correctly on my phone!
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joell smith borne
Treacle. Perhaps good for kids or teens? Not really a book for adults. Basically the theme of the book is that some people are evil racists and the author is not. I'm not exactly pro-racism but I did get tired of being WHACKED over the head with the author's point again and again. I got it, racism bad, you're preaching to the choir, please stop!
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cathie
This fascinating look at wilderness Alaska in the early 20th century from the viewpoint of a not-yet 20 year old teacher shows the casual but inflexible discrimination by whites of any class against those of any color not perceived as white, including Indian, Alaskan (Inuit, etc., somewhat distinguished against other Indian tribes within the narrative) and black as well as any mixture of races--"breeds." It also shows the "can do" attitude prevailing and the need to import even the most basic items that could not be wrought from nature. Narrator [AUDIO!] Caroline McLaughlin's voice is perfect for the first person account, incorporating well-done vocalizations of other characters as well. With all the elements of a romance novel in a western context (northwestern, to be exact), this is actually the biography of a real woman.
Disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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alexis bailey
Had this book been a work of fiction I could have given it five stars. I think it over emphasized the prejudices for dramatic effect. I know there is immature prejudice everywhere in the world. I experienced it first hand in a copper mine in the 1980's where was a large Hispanic, Native American, African American and Caucasian work force. What I witnessed was that the Caucasians were the only ones not showing prejudice and the Hispanics were the worst but it even existed between different Native American Nations. That being said I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I bought the book while on a road trip through Chicken Alaska and I live in Colorado so I had ties to the story. I'm sure that Anne Hobbs was a great lady. The book reminds us all what things should be valued as necessities and what is merely wants.
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king vil
This was one of those books that you never want to end. I even slowed my reading pace in the last few chapters to make it last longer.

Living in Alaska now can be challenging. People live ther because they love it or because they can't get out. Living in Alaska in the 1920s was even more diffeicult, even primitive by city standards. And people stayed because they love it, they can't get out, or they are hoping to find gold.

This true story is about a young woman who travelled to Alaska to teach. She was met by bone chillingly cold temperatures, scarcity of fresh food, the cruel predjudice of the people, and the utter beauty of the landscape. And she fell in love; with both the people and that harsh landscape.

I recommend this book.
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lisa denn
Bought it to give to friend for Christmas. He doesn't have it yet....
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diane mccarrick
Oh my heart! This is a touching story of a young woman's struggle to fight adversity in the tundra of Alaska. She boldly sets out for the wilderness in order to teach at an old mining town. While there she opens her heart and home to the unfortunately mistreated Indians. I admire Anne and her desire to stand up to those morally corrupt enough to deny basic human rights and common courtesy to those who even show a portion of native blood. Honestly, I was blown away by this historic tale of strength and perseverance. I highly recommend it!
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kristhy
First read this book probably twenty years ago. Reminded me of Christy. Simple tale of a very young and inexperienced teacher working with a mixed community of miners and Native Americans in the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska. It's a love story too, and the young heroine, Anne, has the temerity to love a mixed race man. Hey, it's a beautifully told simple little love story of life on the wild frontier nearly ninety years ago. I passed it along to my mom, who loved it so much she bought additional copies for her friends and ended up reading it several times herself over the years. And I didn't fault her for it; it's that good a story.

Last week my mother died. She was nearly 97. In the last months of her life she was making her way slowly through TISHA one more time, despite failing eyesight and crippling pain. I was reading the final chapters to her myself just two weeks ago. She could no longer speak, but she could still listen, and she would nod and smile at the by-now familiar words and passages. TISHA is that good. My mother and I thank Robert Specht and the book's heroine, Anne Hobbs, for telling the story of a young teacher from many years ago. My mother was a young inexperienced teacher herself just ten years later than Anne Hobbs was. She could relate, I'm sure.

Did I say that TISHA is a good book? Well it is. One that bears up well no matter how many times you read it. Highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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carrie gnauck
I read this fascinating tale in a day and a half. Written by Robert Specht, this is an adapted tale about Anne Hobbs, a teacher from Colorado, who went to Chicken, Alaska in 1927, and who was forced to endure the prejudices of vicious, white Outsiders against the local native Indians. Her kindness to the Indians caused her tons of troubles by bigoted town folk. Yet, despite the harsh conditions, meager teaching supplies, and the bigots, she was able to endure and triumph. I believe this book was once on a reading list for Alaskan youth, but it should be on everyone's reading list. Well done!
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christina garris
This is a great story that has it all: Forbidden love. Racism. Adventure. Even an rockin' chase scene -- with sled dogs!

My only question is: How much of it is true?

"Tisha" tells the story of a young teacher, Anne Hobbs, who spent 1927-28 in the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska. It offers a fascinating look at the hardships and joys of living in rural Alaska during that period, and the hostility Hobbs faced from local whites when she dared to treat Indians as equals.

While the book is first-person, it is "as told to Robert Specht," and written 48 years later.

I don't doubt that the story is essentially true, but, I'm sorry, no one can remember events, after 48 years, in the kind of detail as portrayed in the book. There are long passages of dialogue that must have been created by Specht. Specht says in his author's note that he added or altered events "only when I deemed it dramatically necessary."

It's a very readable book (especially good for young adults) and Specht does well capturing the unique nature of each character, including indiosyncratic speech patterns. He's good at capturing images, too: He describes a man preparing for fistfight as "all crouched up like an animal, his fists going as if he was winding up yarn." Men watching the fight were "waiting like a pack of wolves for Cab to do their dirty work."

While I much enjoyed the book, I'm nagged by the difficulty of telling what was real and what was fictionalized. Some authors are careful to say what they know and what they're speculating on, but in this case, you can't tell.

The book's blend of love story, action and danger would make a wonderful movie.
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luisa
This was a great, true story that describes the events and settings with so much accuracy that it’s fascinating in itself. I appreciated the insights into the reasoning of the characters and began to better understand how the treatment of each other developed. So, yes, the character development was excellent. I loved this story and truly “got into” it.
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jbid
This is a beautifully written, endearing book about a young teacher's true experiences in the bush in 1920's Alaska. It presents a gritty, accurate picture of life in the pioneer days of Alaska. As a retired teacher who was privileged to spend three years in the Union's largest state, I loved this tale of a young teacher's love for her students, her struggles in this wild frontier, and her maturing from a "cheechako," or greenhorn, to a true Alaskan woman.
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abdullah maghrabi
This is a fantastic true story complete in itself, and yet we readers waited a generation for the Specht's sequel which never came. I'm glad always to see it is still available. If you have surgery; chemo, any of life's little miseries to get through this book is so enthralling it can capture your heart for a few hours to escape and befriend this teacher & her little people living in the Alaskan wilderness many decades ago. It is always a joy to remember the wholesome adventures & the true love story that unfolds as "Tisha's" life.
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sun ica
Years ago I read Benedict Freedman's 'Mrs. Mike'. I loved the simple story of the marriage between a young woman and a Canadian Mountie. A clean romance, it went on my keeper shelf and I have read it several times since. In the meantime, the title of this book kept coming up on my recommended shelf on Goodreads so I decided to give it a try.

TISHA takes place in 1927 in the Alaskan Territory. It is about the one year that Anne Hobbs, a nineteen-year-old, spent teaching in the gold-mine town of Chicken, Alaska. 'Tisha' refers to the word 'teacher'; it is what Anne is called by the some of her students who had a hard time with the English language.

Depending on what you read, it appears as though it was co-written by both Anne and Mr. Specht. From my understanding, this is a highly fictionalized story so read it with a grain of salt. Most of the families were dirt-poor and the white population was motivated by prejudism. Anne believed that she was there to help all children, including the Native Americans and Eskimos. This hatred alienated her personal life and followed her into the schoolroom.

TISHA contains some romance but it was mellow. Instead, read the book to educate yourself about a part of the world few people visit. But unlike 'Mrs. Mike', be aware that this story explores a darker side of life in this northernmost wilderness. Unfortunately, we will never really know how much of her story was based on imagination and what was actually set on fact.
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heid
I enjoyed this book. It's a little slow at times, with rather old-fashioned writing—solid and warm but not spectacular. I really enjoyed the historical details and the glimpse into a completely different life. It got slightly preachy. The issue of racism could have had more effect if it had been dealt with a little more subtly. But overall it was very good, with good story structure and writing flavored by the times. If you're interested in Alaska, you'll like this.
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paulaletsympatico com
This is a fantastic true story complete in itself, and yet we readers waited a generation for the Specht's sequel which never came. I'm glad always to see it is still available. If you have surgery; chemo, any of life's little miseries to get through this book is so enthralling it can capture your heart for a few hours to escape and befriend this teacher & her little people living in the Alaskan wilderness many decades ago. It is always a joy to remember the wholesome adventures & the true love story that unfolds as "Tisha's" life.
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haley
Seems an authentic account of a way of life that has (mostly) disappeared. Lots of eccentric but wholly believable characters, scenery that boggles, extreme climate conditions, and an endearing storyteller.
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arelyn sells
I read this book "Tisha" about 30 years ago and loved it so much. I need to read it again and remember why I loved it so much. Those kids loved their "Tisha'
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selin cozer
As a teacher in Alaska, this book is my favorite novel of all time. It is beautifully written and tells the story of a beautiful life lived with amazing adventure and illustrates the truly timeless qualities of what a good person and great educator should have. I find after studying a lot of Alaskan history to be extremely accurate. Some may be offended by some of the language, but readers need to understand the perspective from which it is told and time in history that the story is told. All people new to Alaska should read this book to understand the context and history of the place in which they live.
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deetya
I adored this book. It is going to be a tough act to follow. I looked forward to reading it every night after dinner. You know a book is good when you glance down at the % remaining (Kindle) and think "Oh no! I only have 50 % left!"
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gerald berke
Excellent biography! Would love to read a continuation of her story after she leaves Chicken. Didn't find out until the end if her and Fred's story continued. If you need to know, research her on the internet and you will have your answer.
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zeina
This is a fun book to read, hard to put down. I read it when I began writing a book about the first band instructor in Dillingham in the 1950s as a sort of guide. It was a GREAT read, she had some courage to go to Chicken, AK, to teach the children. While researching my book, I went to the Alaska Room at the Loussac Library in Anchorage where I got to see Tisha's actual memoirs. Wow, was I surprised at the vitriolic anti-Alaska Native commentary (even at the beginning of the text)! Wow! Robert Specht did a great job cleaning it up for the general audience. Maybe some day her actual memoirs will be published. . . In the meantime, check out some other teacher stories (including mine:

BETWEEN BREATHS: A TEACHER IN THE ALASKAN BUSH (1950s)

A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece
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misty kaiser
In 1927 young Anne Hobbs goes to Alaska to be a teacher and to have an adventure. Having no family left in Colorado, she seeks to do something special as her beloved grandmother predicted she would. She finds life difficult because of inclement weather and a lack of conveniences, but the biggest problem she faces is that of prejudice. She seeks to teach and befriend all of the people in the small town of Chicken, Alaska, where she lives but she soon discovers that her kindness towards Indian children raises the ire of the white people in the town. She has to face up to the local school board and the town's people before she is allowed to teach Indians in her school. As if that isn't bad enough she ends up falling in love with a "half-breed" and adopting some mixed-race children. This book is full of adventure and real insight into what it was like to live in Alaska in the 20's. It is also a triumphant story of one woman's love and her persistance in encouraging justice in her small Alaska town.
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sandip
I absolutely loved this action-packed true story about a young teacher, Anne Hobbs, who travelled to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920’s to teach in a frontier school. Besides encountering the expected lack of teaching materials and frigid temperatures, this young educator heroically battled rampant prejudice against the Native Alaskans. As much an adventure story and a romance as it is a chronicle of early Alaskan history, this tale will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss it!
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audrye
My mother loaned me this book as a book report for my high school English class. I received a double A+ for my report on it. Shortly after, my teacher let me know that Anne Hobbs (which the book is based off of) was gonna be at one of the malls near my house and school. My sister took me there and there was such a long line, we didn't get the chance to get her to sign my book, didn't even get up close to see her face to face. A couple days later, I was given a surprise visit in my English class. Anne Hobbs had come to my school to meet me and read my excellent report. My class mates were in shock, much less me. She autographed my book and thanked me for a well done report. I thanked her for her story and visualizing it as if I was there in person. This book should be made into a movie. We took a drive 7 years ago and went through Chicken Alaska just to visualize the setting. I was amazed that it was nearly a ghost town with only a couple few tourist shops and small motel setting. But it was worth the trip and the folks there were all to kind and awesome. I have my autograph booked sealed away in a bag, and keep a regular one out to read, which I may have lost count of reading it over 10+ times for each copy. I keep giving my book away to friends to read, and wind up buying a new one. Haha.
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kimberly hunt lowrance
I read this book two years ago. I borrowed the ebook edition from my local library. The book draws you in and you can't stop reading until the end. I'm writing a review now because I'm searching for a new book to read and this one came to mind. I want to find a book as well written and engrossing as this one. I wanted to add my 5 star rating to this book. I would highly recommend reading this book. You won't be disappointed.
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j shimotake
I am an avid reader who focuses more on writing excellence than I do on the plot....a workplace friend handed me a very damaged hardcopy of this book when she returned from visiting Alaska..saying, "read it, I think you'll like it"...Needless to say it did not pique my interest but after keeping it for a few months, I decided to at least take a peek at it before returning it. Several pages convinced me that it was indeed a worthy read and it was one of those books that you can't bear to put down and, toward the end, read slowly because you don't want to part with the characters. The dialog was excellent and having worked in primitive areas myself, I felt Cab, Mr. Vaughn and Titus Paul to be most believable. This is a book to be enjoyed by all ages and I can't wait to gift my friends with copies of it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james w powell
I first read this book as a young kid, having picked it up from my local used bookstore for a trip. It is one of the few books that has came with me from childhood to college to adult life, moving over and over.

I learned so much about historical rural Alaska from this book. It's not a complicated read, but is a fabulous little story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
treyvoni
It is a fresh, innocent, and yet exciting story. You will learn a little history, geography, and have your heart warmed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gin ting
Wonderful love story that also gives insight into life in the Alaska Frontier. Prejudice exists in every culture since the beginning of time. This young teacher was undaunting in her efforts to combat ignorance and hate on all different levels.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karen vary
Last year (1999-2000) the teacher in my literature class made us read a book that had to do with Alaska (this being more of the state spirit they try and cultivate at school). My mom suggested Tisha, and I finished it shortly after she dug her copy off of her book shelf. The true story of a lady who went to teach in Chicken Alaska was very interesting. I learned things about the way life was in 1927 in Alaska, because now it's very different from that. The racial predjudices that some of her students face are very interesting, and I found this story captivating.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kassandra montgomery
Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Story of Anne Purdy life and adventures starting her reaching career in Alaska.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jamieson
I am so happy that the internet allows me to find copies of this book.
My step dad was one of the children adopted .He is long gone, but he always spoke of his mother, his family and Alaska
with Love. D.N.Hansen
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nogaboga
Great read, wonderful story...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lorraine trudeau
Set in the wilderness of Alaska in 1927, our heroin Anne Hobbs takes us through the adventure of being a young, open-minded female schoolteacher in the mining settlement of Chicken.
Anne arrives in Chicken to find the schoolhouse a shambles and barely any materials to teach with. Through the support of the community she is able to create living quarters and get her classroom in order. Being the newcomer and softhearted type, Anne opened her classroom to more than white children. Anne soon learns that the community isn't receptive to her way of thinking but they can't deny she is a good teacher and that Chicken is very lucky to have her. Anne takes us through her struggles and triumphs as her year in Chicken slowly goes by. We always are aware of the weather, surroundings, people, and her classroom accomplishments. Every twist and turn this story takes, you will find yourself wanting to reach the end.
This book was my favorite when I was a little girl and continues to be today. I remember how addicted I got to the storyline and how much I wanted to know how Anne was going to survive her first year teaching in Alaska. Most importantly, we can't overlook the year in which this happened, 1927, where it happened, Alaska, and how open Anne was to the idea of school integration. It amazes me that she didn't want to deny any child or adult an education regardless of race. This is the part of the book that I found the saddest and felt the proudest. I was saddened by the way the white settlers treated and thought about the native people. I was proud of Anne for standing up for what she believed in and that was equality. Tisha will always have a special place in my personal library and Anne Hobbs my personal role model.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dan port
In a world where so much that we read and view is violent, I loved this read because it was emotional, informative, raw and historic. A story written from the perspective of a naive, young woman rang true to 20th Century Alaska. At no point did I lose interest, as the story line carried me through to the end of the book. Great ending with the right ends tied.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
john jeffire
The story kept me interested and I read it in two days.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
marine
It was a great read, and put together very well. You could feel the ups, downs, and chilly characters in the story as their true nature shined. You suddenly understood what someone in that country would have to endure, the choices available versus what you really want. It was difficult at times watching Anne, but at the same time, she also served up lessons many of us will never have to face. A great adventure from cover to cover.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
samar mortada
A relative found this book at a yard sale and bought it for $1. The only reason they purchased it is because I'm going to be a teacher, so they thought I might have a funny connection, and if not, who cares, it was only $1. This quickly turned into one of my favorite books. Although, I have to admit, the fact that this is a true story made it even better for me. I recently gave it to my Grandmother to read. Anyone would love it...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tracy pierron
A friend gave me this book to read, and I must say it was the best thing I've ever read. From the beginning to the end. You just become one the Anne. I felt like I was the one going through all the her ups and downs in a extremely predijuce town. With the way some took to her and others didn't hesitate to let her know how they felt. Knowing how true it was and still is about peoples feelings of what was then called half-breeds. Anne was so strong and brave and always wanting to do what was right. Taking in Chuck and Ethel when their mother died. Knowing they'd never have the chance to advance if she didn't. The story is well written and very captivating. I was a little let down at the end. I would have loved to see what else happened - the ajustments Chuck and Ethel had to make, and much more about Anne and Fred's love for each other. I was hoping there would be a sequeal. Once finished with the book. I read the last six chapters again before giving it back to my friend. Then went right out and bought it for myself.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michelle manion
I bought this book while on a trip to Chicken, Alaska. Having a great love for the state was my main reason for buying it. Once I started to read it I could not put it down. The story is exciting, funny and educational plus a sweet love story. I have loaned the book out several times, only to recieve the same reaction from my friends. I would love to read more from this author!! This book is a treasure in my library!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
leni intranquilla
I loved this book & want to read it again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elizabeth schinazi
This is my all time favorite book ! Truly inspiring ! Unfortunately, I can't find any other books written by Richard Specht even though it was printed to he would write a sequel to Tisha. I can't find any other book he wrote. Does any one know of his other books. Would to read more by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda kauffman
I just finished this book today, and it truly is one of the best books I've ever read!!! Anne Hobbs is really an inspiring individual who never gives up no matter how many people oppose her or try to beat her down!! What a great read. I couldn't put it down and I've told my husband he HAS to read it!! Incidentally, we just moved to Alaska a month ago, so it was fun to read it while we are here in Anchorage. I know this sounds corny, but this book will make you laugh and cry!!!! Also FYI, if you google "Tisha", it sends you to a web site telling you more about Chicken, Alaska and more about Anne Hobbs. One of her adopted children still lives in Anchorage and Chicken, and you can write to her, and supposedly she will respond. Her name is Lynn Purdy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
irina
As told to Robert Specht, this is the enthralling, true story of Anne Hobbs, a young woman who journeyed to Alaska in the 1920s to teach but encountered trouble due to her kindness to the Natives there. Tisha ("teacher", as pronounced by a pupil) has it all -- an ambitious young woman, gripping Wild Alaska adventures, a poignant outlook on natives' rights, even a stirring love story. I first read it as a teen and loved it. I read again recently and felt the same.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mrvalparaiso
I met Anne Hobbs Purdy in Junior High School. Her story captured my imagination and still does to this day. I have read Tisha many times and every reading captures my heart. Her courage to stand for what she believed to be right in the face of opposition, is a lesson that carries through almost 80 years later. Alaska, seen through her eyes, is a place of incredible beauty and harsh reality. Even though I wanted to crawl into the pages and do battle with some of the characters, they also earned my grudging respect. Anne's will power, strength of heart, and sheer determination to do what she knew was right, made her a formidable force. The book I own is a treasured possession, signed for my father. She writes, "Happy landings from the Land of the Midnite Sun, Yellow Gold, and Determined mosquitoes." A must read book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sandy
I teach high school literature in a suburban school in the midwest. I bought Tisha for my daughter, then read it myself. It is a captivating read. There are few "challenges" for even students who read slowly, yet the story and heroics are attractive even to sophisticated readers. For years, I have offered "extra credit" to students who will read a novel of my selection over Chirstmas. In recent years, I offered books by Farley Mowat and The Catcher in the Rye. Kids usually have great intentions, take books, but return from the holliday having not finished the book. Usually I would have about 10 out of 25 who finished the book/s and liked it. This year I gave out Tisha. 35 out of 50 finished it. I had trouble getting the books back because kids had given them to their parents to read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nancy doxie1lover
I heard about this book either on a message board,or it was an the store.com recommendation.Anyway,I ordered it after reading the synopsis.I haven't read a book this good in a long time.It was well written,the story is compelling and the characters(especially Anne ) are engaging.Once I started to read it,I found that I could not put it down.I highly recommend it for adult readers as well as students.I will definitely be giving some copies away as gifts.Wouldn't this make a great movie?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
steph lanning
I read this many years ago and never forgot it. Inspiring
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alberto simon
I picked up this book during a recent cruise in Alaska......It is a fantastic story and I firmly recommend it to everyone....The kind of book that come along only a few times in our lifetime.....
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
myra
I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to anyone, young or old or in-between. However, I am quite concerned that Anne Hobbs, the teacher herself, who "told" the story to Specht, is never mentioned on the cover, nor listed on the inside page where the library ISBN is listed! This, even though the book in the library is under H for Hobbs! To think he would take her story, maybe embellish it?, never even thank her in the print edition--just makes my blood boil. Can't help but think he didn't have her permission somewhere along the road.
It doesn't make the book less interesting, but it does make me doubt the actual historical truth told. It is listed as a biography, but I wonder?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
viscant
It is well written and griping at times. Reads like a novel but isn't.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly cotton
I had read this book maybe 20 years ago and and remembered it fondly. I picked it up again and found it was much, much better than I remembered. A true classic love story with a lot of adventure.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zuleika
I only bought this book as a keepsake of my tour of alaska and the yukon.
deciding to browse through it on my return home i was soon absorbed in the book yet other than my chistian magazines and the bible i never read anything.
From then on i continued the story at every chance i got. I pictured myself there with her in the situations she exsperienced she was so brave and right to stand up for what she believed.
By the time i finished the book i had been in tears several times at the lives and living conditions of the people.
an amazing book only wished i had looked for more on the same lines .But trisha is one i will never forget.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clayton
Great read. Very engaging book, and well written
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
act towery
One of my favorite books. I've read it twice. Kind of like Little House of the Prairie for grown ups, with real danger. Who wouldn't want to be as brave or kind as Tisha.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
annaladines
This is an excellently well written TRUE story. I would recommend it to anybody. Not a dull moment -- I absolutely loved this book! HILARIOUS< INTENSE< HEARTWRENCHING< HEARTWARMING Thank you Anne Hobbs and Robert Specht for sharing this unforgetable experience!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shelley gillman
This is a fictionalized true account of a young schoolteacher's experiences in the Alaskan frontier in 1927. This book has something for everyone: plenty of adventure, romance, and colorful personalities. My favorite thing about this book was reading how Anne (the teacher) and Fred's relationship - taboo due to prejudice - slowly blossomed from friendship into love. It is one of those books that you never forget reading. Anyone who has read "Mrs. Mike" or "Christy" would also love reading this book. This book is one of my favorite books of all time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jonathan schuster
All I have to say is that this book is simply devine. Abosolutely wonderful! You MUST read Tisha. You will fall in love with Anne Hobbs, the girl who knew what she believed in and did what she thought was right, despite the harsh people. Get Tisha today. You will not regret it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
walter hollenstein
I really enjoyed this book. I was surprised to find out that its a true story. Very well written. I wonder if he ever wrote a sequel. Anyone know?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shanyn hosier
I really enjoyed this book, but then...it is the sort of book that I do enjoy. It's about history...courage, prejudice, endurance...it's about a brave young teacher in a place where teaching is needed but only within certain bounds. It is a good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jacquline
My Grandmother always gave me a book in addition to other things on my birthday, I received this book in June 1976. I being a huge reader even at age 11 read it immediately. I wrote my grandmother a long thank you note detailing the entire book. I have subsequently read the book many times over the years. The story of the struggle to survive and her kindness towards people that no one else in town really even liked, struck this 11 year olds heart and continues to strike this 44 year olds heart :). I highly recommend it to any girl who wants a real adventure story with a happy ending.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
missy williams
fascinating true story.... reality ...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mikhail
This book was autographed and given to me by Ann Hobbs-Purdy in the early 80's. I can assure you, it is totally authentic, and that she collaberated with the author fully. Mrs. Purdy's adopted children still live in Chicken, and one can buy an autographed copy at the general store there.I have read this book numerous times. The allure of Alaska was too great to ignore, so I sold out, packed up and headed north. I lived there for 8 magnificent years before returning to the lower 48.For hopeless romantics or incurable adventurors, I highly recommend this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
julie golob
This is a great account of how early life in Alaska truly was. My father mined with Fred Purdy from the late 30's till the war broke out and he enlisted. After he married my Mother they moved back to Chicken and my Mother became a close friend to Anne. While Fred and Anne adopted other children over the years they always had a house full of everyone else's children too, a sign of their loving and open nature. The flavor of this book reflects the bias of the "Outsiders" to the local natives that still runs uneasily under a more modern and progressive time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anna patton
I usually read science fiction and fantasy during my all too infrequent pleasurereading hours. But I'm out in the middle of nowhere this summer, far from any reasonably well-stocked library, and found this book when going through the book shelves of the nearby Salvation Army. The story caught at my imagination and yearning for adventure almost immediately! I found myself pulled into the story, marvelling at this lively telling of Anne Hobbs' frontier experiences, furious at the closed-mindedness of some of her opponents, warmed by her joys and successes. This one's definitely worth a read, even if it seems outside the realm of your usual genre...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eric gibb
Great story of young woman's adventure to the remote small town of Chicken Alaska in the 30's and what she had to overcome. Truly and amazing story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristin
I first read this book several years ago and was intrigued and inspired by the story. The title character is heroic and very human. The needs of the people, her students and their families are real. I am now a teacher...and this book inspired me to be the best teacher I can be. It is my belief that books like Tisha help to shape us and transform us into better people.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
c bell
We first read the story about 20 to 30 years ago. I saw the book on line and ordered it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david grabowski
I love it when a book motivates and helps promote change. I read this when i was in high school, I loved it so much I decided taht when I would have a baby girl I would name my daughter after the name of the book...I spelled her name Teisha. (pronounced Tea*sha, which btw, I should have spelled it that way). I read this so long ago I must read it again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elscorcho
Wonderfully written...kept me awake reading. Great character and plot development, full of suspense and surprises.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sylvi shayl
This is the book that started my love of reading! I was 16 when I read Tischa for the first time, from the first page I was hooked! The images and characters are so real that you feel like you are with Anne on her journey. It is not sugar coated and none of the characters apologise for who they are - no excuses are made for their choices but they learn that times change and people need to look forward. Now 17 years later thanks to the store I found Tisha again and I get to enjoy the journey over and over!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kaye
Great book! I couldn’t put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandon sallenbach
I bought a copy of this book which was copyrighted in 1976 and my book seems to be from the first printing. As all of the other reviews say, it is about a young girl who goes to Alaska to teach school. It is spellbinding. One thing that I thought was interesting is that on the flyleaf of my book it says that the author is writing a sequel, but apparently that never happened. I just re-read the book and saw that comment and that is the reason I got on the web to see if there was a sequel. I wish there had been on.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
martt
The book is excellent!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chynna
This is an incredible story of the human spirit of survival. You won't be able to put this book down. A remarkable woman, a remarkable life, a remarkable story. Just read it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
george sudarkoff
This is an excellent book about a teacher in Alaska in the early 1900's. The book has a bit of history, romance and adventure.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
theresa grdina
I really loved this book because it so vividly described the real joys and hardships of Alaskan life in its early settling days. The main character, Ann, was very easy to identify with, and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened to her next. This book is well written, easy to read, and very captivating. It really allows people to be transported to another time and place. If you've always dreamed of experiencing Alaska, you must read "Tisha".
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
louise shaheen
This was a very interesting story if you would like to learn more about the Alaskan wilderness, what it was like to live there in the 1920's, and what the people were like at that time. I was shocked to hear there was so much prejudice there between the "whites", Indians, and Eskimos. A half-breed was worse off than being of one race. I would recommend this to teenagers and young adults, especially those who might be interested in teaching in a difficult place/situation.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
k e douglas
This book is a keeper. I really enjoyed this story and each
time I have recommanded it they have come away loving this
story also.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
allen jorgensen
For my 13 birthday I was given a copy of "Tisha". I loved it! Not just because grandfather wrote it but because it is an inspiring story. The librarian and my teacher were very surprised to find out who I am. Everyone loves this book. It was written a long time ago, but is still read by adults and their children. When people travel to Chicken Alaska they buy the book and then they write a fan letter. My grandfather died 3 years ago. I am proud of his work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim forsythe
I bet it's been 20 years since I read this book and I often still think of the characters. I am a public school teacher and this taught me an aspect of cultural sensitivity and how kids can be caught between 2 cultures and 2 time periods. Alaska is an exciting place in any time period.

I highly recommend this anyone who enjoys history and a good love story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
matthew conroy
Once you start reading you can't put it down. Want more story.
My friends I've loaned the book to felt the same.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suzanne galbraith
Excellent book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenn malatesta
This is a delightful story about a young woman teaching in the Alaskan interior. Since I love books about life in Alaska, I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. If you loved this book, you might also enjoy a new release by author Cheryl Schuermann.

When the Water Runs: Growing Up with Alaska
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derval
I read this book when I was a young girl with dreams of going to Alaska. Such a simple story with such beautiful heart. I was so happy to find it again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah chrosniak
I first read Tisha years ago when I was in college studying to be a teacher. Immediately, I knew I'd found someone to pattern myself in the classroom. The way Miss Hobbs reacted to the humanity of her students instead of their appearances is a lesson I'll always treasure. The morals taught in this book still ring solidly true for today. I'll never tire of rereading this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca meyer
I have read this book so many times since it was first published. My dad met Anne in Chicken, while he was in Alaska, on a fishing trip and my parent's have a signed copy of the book. It is one of the most hopeful, delightful love stories ever written. I recommend it to everyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
justin bryeans
Suggested by a friend. I very much enjoyed the story as it evolved. It was hard to put the book down. This was quite an adventure for this young lady.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natty
read this book about 10 years ago and wanted to read it again... it's a wonderful book it's an easy read and very enjoyable...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
johnathan
this is a book you won't be able to put down. I loved it and was sad when it was finished..........it's fabulous. Best book since "waltz with me Alaska'
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
paul eiting
I picked this book up in Alaska, and found it so enjoyable I wanted to share it with others. It depicts what the early settlers faced and the harsh weather those in remote villages still contend with.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james wood
This is an excellent book. It was full of adventure. The story was well written. I read it years ago and now buying my own copy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ronlyn
I was very happy with my purchase except that it did not mention that there was no dust jacket.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
st4rgal
THIS IS THE MOST BORING BOOK AND ANYONE WHO SAYS IT IS GOOD IS OLD AND PERSONALLY IT IS THE MOST BORING BOOK!
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