Grannie Annie, Vol. 10 - Historical Family Stories Written and Illustrated by Young People
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"Where to Go?" - Illustrated by the author, Megan Nguyen: faceless people walk through waves from their refugee boat to shore
The Vol. 10 story "Where to
Go?
" was written and illustrated
by Megan Nguyen.

 

Note:

The setting of each story is
noted after its title. In
cases where the exact year
is not known, “c.” (circa)
indicates that the year given
is approximate.

 

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in other volumes.

 

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Stories
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Read Selected Stories from
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration 2014/2015
Vol. 10

Please note that the stories and illustrations shared below appear here with permission of the authors and illustrators. In addition, they may be copied for limited classroom use or reprinted in an article about The Grannie Annie.

 

Note to Parents and Educators

The Union Visit (1861) by Jackson DiBlasi; Missouri, USA
It was a normal day on the Atchley homestead. Martha “Patsy” Atchley (my five-times-great-grandmother) . . .

The First Horse Whisperer (c. 1864) by Arden Riddle; North Carolina, USA. Illustrated by Josh Weihe; Colorado, USA
The distinct voices of the soldiers grew louder and louder as the clank of horses’ hooves pounded ever . . .

The Bear Man (1893) by Elizabeth Norris; North Carolina, USA. Illustrated by Andrew Uihlein; Missouri, USA (Also on book cover)
My great-great-great-grandmother Mary Godwin lived many tales. Deep in her home in Clayton, North . . .

The Hero of Vega Baja (c. 1898) by Ashley A. Werdes; Missouri, USA
During the Spanish-American War, in 1898, the Americans invaded Vega Baja, a small town on the island of . . .

The Land (c. 1900–1979) by Camila Isai del Cid; Missouri, USA. Illustrated by Cody Cronk; Colorado, USA
Decades ago my great-grandpa Lisandro was born. My great-grandpa was the child of a single mother . . .

The Lady in White (c. 1918–1925) by Josie Pagano; Missouri, USA
Would you believe me if I said I wouldn’t be alive if my great-grandpa hadn’t had a dream? Well, it’s true! . . .

A Mighty Sweet Girl (c. 1918–1988) by Jane Ann Baggett; Alabama, USA
Growing up, my great-grandmother Mary Ennis Smith wished she could know her biological mother. In 1918 . . .

Religion of My Family (1939–1942) by Diuto Mozie; North Carolina, USA
My mom always tells us a story about how unfortunate she is not to have any grandparents. Both my . . .

Too Much Lekvar (c. 1939) by Abigail G. Harris; New York, USA. Illustrated by Kate Pogue; Missouri, USA
Sometimes you can have too much of your very favorite thing. To illustrate this, my mother told me a story . . .

A Bad Day for More Than the Goat (1940s) by David Fields; North Carolina, USA. Illustrated by Lily J. Bredemeier; Colorado, USA
This humorous story takes place in the 1940s, during World War II. The location is a small house in Kinston . . .

The Summer of Salt, Sand, and German Submarines (1941–1942) by Whitley Anderson; North Carolina, USA
I was eleven when World War II began. My mother had died, and my father was very sick. I was sent to . . .

The Worth of a Diamond (c. 1942) by Malka Neuman; New York, USA
Have you ever wondered what a diamond is worth? Yaakov Hirsh was born in 1910 and had eight brothers . . .

Faith in the Darkness (c. 1943) by Chava Deutscher; New York, USA
“Get to work!” shrieked one of the horrible Nazis. Hurrying and hurrying, a few people were running . . .

The German Fisherman (1944) by Isabella Palmieri; Alabama, USA. Illustrated by Esten Ronning; Missouri, USA
It was 1944, and World War II was happening. My grandfather was about five or six years old . . .

Clearing the Way (1945) by Molly Kuzma; North Carolina, USA
In 1944 my grandfather was an eighteen-year-old young man from the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania . . .

Honey for Olives (1950s) by Sarah Davis; New York, USA. Illustrated by Joshua Bowman; Missouri, USA
My great-grandfather Avraham Karasik was about one year old when he emigrated from Russia to Israel . . .

An Independent Woman (c. 1951) by Caroline Gaughan; Missouri, USA
It was just an ordinary day in the life of my grandmother Lily Tsai. She didn’t really go through what we . . .

Problem After Problem (1952) by Lillian Hayden Ebeling; Missouri, USA. Illustrated by Nasro Abdi; Missouri, USA
“It’ll be fine!” Richard said to Jack and Bob. “But you don’t have a driver’s license!” Jack replied. “Come on!. . .

The Fox Stole the Show (1955) by Belle Gage; Missouri, USA
It was a winter’s Friday in 1955 — in other words, the most humiliating day of Papa’s life. My grandfather . . .

The Not-So-Lucky Shot (February 1959) by Katherine Gaitan; Missouri, USA
It was a brisk February day in Belleville, Illinois, where the temperature had dropped to about 39 degrees . . .

Face to Face with an Idol (1959) by Nechama Feintuch; New York, USA
For many years my great-grandparents traveled to Japan to pick and buy ceramic tiles for their business in . . .

Courage for Life (1960s) by Jenny Fan; New Jersey, USA
Back in the 1960s, in the old village where my dad lived, in China, they had their own traditions. Whenever . . .

The Assassination (November 22, 1963) by Maddox J. Corbin; New Jersey, USA
It was 1963 — November 22 — and Barbara DeLuca was riding to school on her bus in Cincinnati, Ohio . . .

Did You See What I Think I Saw? (November 1968) by Drew Hollman; Missouri, USA. Illustrated by Willow A. Hanff; Colorado, USA
It was four o’clock in the morning when my grandpa and his friend Bob departed to drive the last two . . .

The Coin (1973) by Lena Podbielski; New Jersey, USA. Illustrated by Olivia Gravette; Missouri, USA
Gary was seven years old, and it was the summer of 1973. He was in a hotel lobby in Buffalo, New York . . .

My Papa’s Journey of Faith and Love (1973–1976) by Sierra Creek; Missouri, USA
The pain in his arms and legs had him feeling he couldn’t get out of bed. He felt sadness, because his body . . .

A Father’s Legacy (c. 1975) by Lauren Liu; New Jersey, USA
The first time I was called “crazy” was when I was eleven. Well, actually, I had been called “crazy” many . . .

Where to Go? (1979) Written and illustrated by Megan Nguyen; Missouri, USA
April 1979 — the Vietnam War was over. North Vietnam had been victorious over South Vietnam. My mom . . .

The Dirt Bike Dare (1980) by Roman Weaver; Missouri, USA
“Quick! Ride it in!” my dad’s friend yelled. My dad was in eighth grade. He loved his dirt bike. The day the . . .

How to Steal a Potato (c. 1980) by Amber Wang; New Jersey, USA
“I hope it tastes better than it smells,” I whispered as I looked down at the slimy green goop that was . . .

The Shooting (1983) by Sydney Maynor; North Carolina, USA
Bobby Maynor was a young man, age twenty-one, a junior at the University of North Carolina. He lived in a . . .

The Siren Sounds (January 1991) by Daniel Oesterle; Colorado, USA
War is a hard thing for a fourteen-year-old girl to go through, and my mom experienced it head-on. "Look . . .

Finally Home (1994) by Lauren Bohlmann; Missouri, USA
Sharon Lampros has been dancing since she was two years old. When she was eighteen years old, she . . .

Shark Week (1994) by Zoey King; North Carolina, USA. Illustrated by Teagan LeVar; Missouri, USA
In Cairns, Australia, June 20, 1994, John, my dad, had paid extra so he could take a scuba diving trip with . . .

A Game-Day Surprise (1997) by Logan Racine; Missouri, USA
When my dad was a pro-hockey goalie for a team in Indiana, my mom decided to plan a surprise for him . . .

 

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