Addy's Little Brother is part of the Short Stories collection, focusing on Addy Walker.


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Story Summary

Meet The Author

Connie shares that as a kid, she would sometimes feel left out when her older brother made plans with his friends. But over the years she learned that while her brother's friends come and go, she will always be his sister.

Looking Back: Churches in 1864

Discusses African American churches in the 1860s. Topics covered:

  • Churches serving not only as a church, but as school and a place for political and social gathering.
  • Services allowing people to celebrate their faith through prayer and music, express their emotions, and sing spirituals.
  • The Black churches that established schools for children and adults to learn how to read, write and do arithmetic.
  • Churches collecting freedmen's funds for wounded solders or for families separated due to slavery.
  • The potluck dinners church members held for newcomers, and what may have been served at the meal.
  • Black churches holding abolitionist meetings, and the abolitionists who gave speeches at church.
  • African Americans in Philadelphia setting up over a hundred aid societies that gave aid to newly freed people.
  • Churches holding socials to raise money for the freedmen's fund, and information on what could have been sold during the socials.
  • Homes safe for escaping slaves putting out a quilt with a Jacob's Ladder pattern outside their home as a signal.

Activity: Make Letter Cookies

Instructions on how to make letter biscuits.


  • While the story is called Addy's Little Brother, Daniel is older than Addy—at the start of the story, he is twelve to her ten. The "little brother" refers to Addy's perception that Daniel is the younger brother Sam wanted.

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