Annora was not quite the daughter her parents had planned on—they just wanted a normal child—was that too much to ask?  In fact, Annora seemed at times to strongly take after her grandparents--much to her parent’s dismay.  And, at barely five, the comments ranged from the obnoxious to the nosey.  She was "different".  She was "unusual" She was “not like the others”.  Although people could be hurtful, Annora didn’t seem to notice or care to change who she was for anyone.  She was a chubby little girl, with features that didn't seem to work and pale, almost translucent skin.  With her thick, red curly hair, oversized glasses that she loved, and slightly protruding front teeth--well, she was not quite what most would call a classic beauty.

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