Fred (short for Frederika) knows the new teacher won't last long in her small Alaskan town. Not many people can handle teaching in this cold, isolated place where all the kids smell strongly of fish, and the town's one teacher often resigns before the end of the school year. When Miss Agnes arrives wearing pants, which is unheard-of for a woman in this town in 1948, she causes a stir. She does other strange things, like playing opera during class time, covering the school house walls with pictures, and insisting that Fred's sister, Bokko, who cannot hear, should come to school, too. Suddenly, Fred and her classmates are exploring possibilities they never knew existed.
Date read: 2/11/2010