Stories about growing up in the Borough, when it was positively rural yet a part of NYC. We rode our bikes, played in the woods and collected eggs at the chicken house next door. But we were New Yorkers. And, because of our name? Because we lived far from the other kids? Because we were awkward and smart? Dunno why really, but we were the school scapegoats. Did you ever wonder, about those kids, you know those kids in every school who are made fun of for everything about themselves? Well, I was one of those kids, and I spent a lot of time thinking about how it was that my brother, and sister and I became the family that was picked on. I also wondered how people got to be like my Grandma Kratky, generous, kind, yet not at all sweet. Bio Norah Dooley is a storyteller and children' s author. She has published spoken word CDs including: Music of Angels (1999), Stories Nobody Told Me "Italian" Folk tales (2002) and Stories from the Neighborhood, World Folk tales (2002), Winter Tales (2006) and Rabbitails (2006). Norah's published picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda Books @ lernerbooks.com) are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. Norah has been presenting workshops and stories throughout New England for people of all ages. She has performed as a featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge and Boston MA, the Newport Folk Festival, Albany NY River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, MA and at the Clearwater Festival in NY.