Grades 1-3. Polacco introduces readers to another inspirational teacher from her past in this stirring tale. Trisha is nervous about attending a writing class with Miss Keller, who has a reputation for being a harsh grader. The strong-willed Miss Keller introduces her students to a thesaurus, takes them on field trips, and assigns a variety of writings. But all of Trisha’s attempts meet with disapproval, since Miss Keller believes her writing “lacks emotional connection.” In talking with her beloved neighbor, Pop, Trisha learns that his sons also had “Killer Keller” and that she was instrumental in helping one of them achieve his dream of becoming a journalist. When tragedy strikes, it touches the girl deeply, and she ends up pouring out her feelings in a final assignment, unconcerned with her grade, simply needing to put thoughts to paper. For the first time, Miss Keller is touched, feels Trisha’s pain, and, in fact, shares it. This story from the author’s life, colorfully illustrated with pencils and markers in her signature style, is affecting, engaging, and informative.