The Miracle Worker

by William Gibson (Author)

Reading Level: 6th − 7th Grade
Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic. Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution because her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Despite the Kellers' resistance and the belief that Helen "is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open," Annie suspects that within Helen lies the potential for more, if only she can reach her. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last.
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"Radiant, emotion-charged, memorable, superb!" -The Philadelphia Inquirer
William Gibson
William Gibson (1914-2008) was a playwright and author whose many works include Golda's Balcony and Two for the Seesaw. The Miracle Worker, his most famous play, won several Tony Awards, including Best Play, and was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
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Scribner Book Company
Publication date
June 20, 2008
BISAC categories
DRA001000 - Drama | American | General
BIO033000 - Biography & Autobiography | People with Disabilities
Library of Congress categories
Sullivan, Annie
Keller, Helen
Deafblind women
Teachers of deafblind people
Historical drama
Women teachers

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