Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert (J 363.41 L174)
Helen Keller and her famous teacher, Annie Sullivan, are the subject of this nonfiction biography in the style of a graphic novel. While the early life of Helen Keller is revealed, the book mainly deals with an accusation of plagiarism. Helen Keller published a story “The Frost King” to great acclaim until it was found to be similar to an earlier work by another author. The efforts of the interrogators focused on placing the blame on Sullivan, who denied any wrong doing. Keller also denied any knowledge of the other story she supposedly copied. Helen Keller was so distraught by the hearings that she never wrote fiction again. The art panels add to the drama and carry a portion of the storytelling.
Reviewed by Patricia