Annie's Promise Essay

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Do you know what it is like to live during a war? Annie Platt and her family know exactly what war is all about. They moved from Germany in 1945 to Los Angeles. The United States was a much better place for them to be during World War II. Annie's father, Arthur, ran his own business selling clothes. Annie's mother, Margo, helped Arthur out in his business. She also had two sisters. Annie was the youngest of three children. The oldest one was Ruth and the middle child was Lisa. It was near the end of the school year when Annie's school counselor invited her to go to Quaker Pines, a summer camp. She knew that every summer she was required to stay home and help her mother and father sew clothes for the family business. That day she went home and told her parents about the news and asked them if she could go. After a long time of thinking, her parents decided that she could go. Soon summer came and it was time for Annie to leave. Her parents drove her to the bus station and saw her off. Annie got on the bus and ended up sitting by this black girl named Tallahassee, but people called her Tally for short. They soon got to know each other very well. After about an hour and a half ride they arrived at Quaker Pines. They all hopped off the bus and were assigned to their cabins. Tally and Annie were in the same cabin, along with Lenore, Nancy Rae, and Becca. Then all of the campers met the counselors. There was one counselor who Annie liked from the moment she saw him. His name was John Wright. The other counselors included Ellen, Mary, Sal, and Ed. Each cabin was required to come up with a cabin name and a cabin project. Annie's cabin came up with the name Eagles. Their cabin project was to build a drain at the bottom of the hill. The drain would carry the rainwater to the camp lake. After being at camp for a week, the girls started to hate Nancy Rae. She was incredibly mean and annoying. For now the girls tried to ignore her. John started teaching Annie how to take care of horses. He taught her everything she needed to know about them. Annie loved the way John talked to her and showed her how to do things. One day Annie decided to go to the stables and clean them out. She had never gone there alone, but this time she did. As she was cleaning, a kitchen guy came in with a bag over his shoulder. She asked him what he was doing and he said, "I'm here to feed the scraps to the horses." The next thing she knew she was being attacked by the man. She kicked him off of her and jumped on Molly, her favorite horse. She rode...

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