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Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness
     

Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness

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by Robert Specht
 

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The author tells the story as told to him of Anne Hobbs, a woman who went to Alaska in the 1920's to teach, but who had trouble due to her kindness to the Indians there.

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The author tells the story as told to him of Anne Hobbs, a woman who went to Alaska in the 1920's to teach, but who had trouble due to her kindness to the Indians there.

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ISBN-13:
9780553265965
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1984
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
46,633
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)

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Tisha 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books from my teen years. I just had to get it for my Nook, I spent the day rereading it and remembering what I loved about this book. It's a very easy read. Its a very good story about a young teacher who comes to Alaska to teach and she has to learn to overcome the fact that she is an outsider. I would recommend this book to any parent that is trying to find a good book for their pre-teen/teen to read. It's a good read for adults as well.
Gmaritatx More than 1 year ago
Of all the historical stories I've read about frontier life, Tisha was most rewarding. It made me feel I was there sharing her experiences in person. I felt her eager zeal to teach the children of a small Alaskan settlement that included white people, Alaskan Eskimo Indians, and mixed breeds. I deeply felt her compassion for the Eskimo and half-breeds who were challenged and unaccepted children by the white people of the settlement, because they were not treated equal. The mere determination of a 19-year-old girl with only a high school education who went into the Yukon, alone in the 1920s, to teach in unforturnate circumstances, and the unknown challenges she faced during the one season she taught is what kept the pages turning. It's her love story about the half-breed man she met there and married ten years after she left.
KuteKatS More than 1 year ago
I had to pick a novel to read over the summer for my high school English class. I chose Tisha: A biography about a 19 year old girl who travels to Chicken Alaska in 1927 to be a school teacher. Upon arriving, Anne discovers that a lot of the town's inhabitants are quiet racist against the "Indians" (Eskimos) and "half-breeds" (half "Eskimo" and half white). She is very disturbed by this and makes a point to include the "half-breed" children in all the school's activities; so they start calling her "Tisha", which means teacher. As news of this gets around Chicken, some men and woman scold Anne and are very condescending towards her. But Anne never stops believing that she must do what's right and just. Along the way, she meets a "half-breed" man, Fred. She treats him as an equal and they soon fall in love, but do now show it because a white woman and a 'half-breed" man were not supposed to be together. Plus their love for each other had such a negative affect on the town. People were starting rumors about them and some parents pulled their children out of school. As times goes on Anne changes the little town and transforms from a timid girl to a brave woman. You'll have to read for yourself to figure out the ending though ;) Tisha is filled with adventure, danger, life lessons and, of course, romance. I would highly recommend this book. Although the first couple chapters are slow, the reader is soon drawn into the lives of Anne, Fred and the children which makes it hard to put down the book. An emotional connection is made between the reader and the story, especially when the reader learns of the hard life and horrible discrimination that the "half-breed" children, and Fred and Anne experienced. That speaks to us even more when we know this was reality. Anne Hobes' life demonstrates a moral lesson every person should embrace: over look the small differences in people and judge them by their character, not their appearance. Also, Tisha reads more like a novel rather than a biography, so it is a very easy read.
breed More than 1 year ago
Great story adn after visiting the area I could feel the cold air as I read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased Tisha in a gift shop in Alaska. I love biographies and the cover said it was written in the style of James Herriott so I thought it would be a good read. I could hardly put the book down once I began reading it. I would compare it more to Catherine Marshall's 'Christy' than I would to a Herriott book though. My 13 year old niece is currently reading Christy. I am passing along my copy of Tisha to her to read next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was living in Alaska in 2001 when I read Tisha and was in awe of Her story, it made me sense her experiences,so much so I went on my own to Chicken. When there I closed my eyes and watched her story all over again. I recommend this story to all who really enjoy an excellent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 4th grade teacher, I was given this book to read by another teacher friend. It sat on the shelf for two years. After a move, I found it and began to read. It was wonderful! So much history and learning situations from the Alaskan frontier. The characters really came alive and after I finished the book a few days later, I couldn't help but think about them! SUPER!! At the end, it mentions that Mr. Specht was working on a sequal, but I've yet to find it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading Tisha every winter and I never get sick of it. Back in 1995, I called information to see if I could contact the authors family and to my surprise... There is still no phone contact in Chicken Alaska. I loved this book and I will still continue to read it each winter.I have read it to my children and they loved it. so when they see that I've taken it off of the bookshelf, they ask if I will read it aloud each night when I read, (even though they are plenty old enough to read it on their own). Its an adventure that most will never experience, but through this book you can feel as though you are going through this journey yourself. I Love this book. I would have loved to have met Anne Hobbs in real life. What an opportunity that would be. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tisha is a true story about a young school teacher, embarking into the Alaskan wilderness to teach the children there. Her journey becomes a difficult one, fraught with icy weather and the dangers it poses to a horse caravan. At only 19 years old, Anne Hobbs is thrown into a world of cold, icy tundra, anger and hate. Despite this, she remains determined on her path to bring education to a developing community. Her adventure becomes even more difficult as she arrives in the town of Chicken and is suddenly forced to deal with the prejudice the townies feel towards the indigenous people living there. Instead of backing down, she continues to provide education for all the children, not excluding based on color. As she deals with the hostile feelings towards her from the town people because of this, she begins a different kind of journey, one of self-awareness and self-discovery. Not only learning things about those around her, Anne learns things about herself that allow her to grow into a morally sound and headstrong woman. This a story full of action, adventure, and unexpected love with a strong female heroin whose willful ways will keep you rooting for her throughout the story. I especially liked the detailed descriptions and the twists. I disliked the slow-moving start, but it's worth the wait for the adventure that lies ahead. People looking for the perfect mix of action and romance and an easy read should read this book, those looking for a non-opinionated, neutral read should not. The major message of this story is to stand up for what you believe in. This being based off the themes of prejudice, coming of age, love. I give it a total rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
ljmoore More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one. The story carries the reader along nicely. It was not predictable. The characters were believeable and fully developed. I felt entertained and educated.
WordsofTruth More than 1 year ago
How this young teacher faced the hardships of the Alaskan wilderness and the unjustified prejudices of the day makes for an inspiring read. Mr. Specht is an excellent storyteller, just wish he and other authors would leave out descriptions of personal moments which belong only to the two people involved.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i only picked it up because it had my name written on the front. Tisha is such a hard name to find on pencils and that, but on a book is better. It is great read and I never put it down, needless to say, it lives up to my name. I enjoyed this book and i hope other's will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the title was very boring, and it was about a *teacher even! (no offense) but when I actually started flipping through the pages, it just gets better and better. Mostly it's about racial discrimination and how love can empower us to see past all these things. It's a wonderful book, and you learn a lot from it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although now I am an avid reader and getting my master's in reading, when I was in school I disliked to read very much. A middle school teacher suggested I read this, and it was one of the few books I actually read all the way through and enjoyed. I believe that book helped to change my mind about how I felt about reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book on the FREE table at the library. It was so good I read it in one day. I hate when a good book ends. I wish there was a second book to finish her life. Maybe if everyone asked Mr. Specht, he would write it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son and family moved to Fairbanks last August and were in awe of the beauty of the land and wild life. So many things he has told us about winters in Alaska were mentioned in her book. I understand there is still a Chicken. Alaska left. My husband and I both enjoyed the book and I intend to read it a second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting and exciting story. I couldn't put the book down and the person to whom I lent it says the same thing! I agree with the previous reviewer, that I wish there was a sequel.