Author Mary Jean Kelso of Fernley grew up hating history.
âIt was so dry back in high school, and didnât have a lot of meaning,â she said.
Kelso wants to help kids learn history without the boredom she experienced in school, and her most recent book, âAlamo Annie,â aims to do that.
The childrenâs book offers an introduction of the history of The Alamo as seen through a young girlâs eyes.
âI thought there was a better way for young people to get interested in it (history), and thatâs why I wrote Alamo Annie,â Kelso said. âI was trying to give young people a sense of history without boring them to death with it.â
After visiting Virginia City in 1963, Kelso discovered she loved history.
âReally I hated history. Then the first time I went to Virginia City, that hooked me,â she said. âI just continue to research and research, and now I love it.â
She has since written nearly 30 books geared toward readers of all ages, many of which are focused on history or located in historical settings. With âAlamo Annie,â she also illustrated the book. Her daughter created the bookâs cover from a painting Kelso did of Annie in front of The Alamo.
She chose the Alamo for the subject of this book after researching her great-great grandfather, Alamo defender Gordon C. Jennings who died at the Texas fort. Kelso has visited The Alamo numerous times with family members.
Kelsoâ books are published as e-books, hardbacks, paperbacks, audio and Braille editions. She will be signing copies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Grace Lutheran Churchâs fifth annual fall craft fair, as well as at the Fallon Eagles Craft Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28.
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