November 12, 2013
Nancy Alana  

Retired Granbury educator Nancy Alana spoke to students at Oak Woods School on November 12, 2013, about a book she has written.

The book, The Lost Treasure of Lincoln County: A Great American Adventure, is historical fiction but is based in part on Alana’s ancestors, the Siffords, who immigrated to America from Germany in 1753.

Alana told the schoolchildren that she was inspired to write the book to increase patriotism and pride in the United States.

The story takes place in Lincolnton, North Carolina and centers on two young boys who find an old wooden box with a treasure map. While searching for the treasure, the boys learn about the Siefert/Sifford family with the aid of a local historian. The novel also teaches about the history of the American flag, how to fold a flag, and why a flag is flown at half-staff.

Alana retired in 2008 from Granbury ISD after serving 34 years in education. While in this community, she taught fourth grade at Granbury Intermediate School, Acton Elementary School, and Oak Woods. Alana later led Nettie Baccus Elementary School as principal for nine years. In 2009, she was elected to the GISD school board.

The former educator is working hard to put the finishing touches on her second book, which is set in Hood County.

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