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Letters About Literature

Dear Orson Scott Card

Elizabeth Dang
Germantown High School
Germantown

Dear Orson Scott Card,

I remember the first time a book made me cry. I remember not realizing that tears were welling up in my eyes until they had fallen over my lashes and onto the yellowed pages of Speaker for the Dead.

Dear Orson Scott Card,

I remember the first time a book made me cry. I remember not realizing that tears were welling up in my eyes until they had fallen over my lashes and onto the yellowed pages of Speaker for the Dead. I remember the confusion and assessment that followed: Why? How had some squiggles of ink arranged in a particular order caused me to feel sadness…and so strongly?

Dear Nic Sheff

Alexis McCown
White Station High School
Memphis

Dear Mr. Sheff,

I first read your book Tweak in my freshman year of high school. This probably sounds cliché, but for the first time in my life, I felt understood.

Dear Mr. Sheff,

Dear Ruta Sepetys

Diran Tan
White Station Middle School
Memphis

Dear Mrs. Ruta Sepetys,

When discussing World War II, the topic of the Holocaust and Hitler always comes up. However, no one has ever talked about the mistreatment of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union. 

Dear Mrs. Ruta Sepetys,

Dear Gary Paulsen

Leah Grace Wolf
Hutchison School
Memphis

Dear Gary Paulsen

On December 27, 2014 we were lost. All six of us were wandering aimlessly like a pack of stray dogs in the brisk California air. 

Dear Gary Paulsen

Dear Franklyn E. Meyer

Charlie Hatley
White Station Middle School
Memphis

Dear Mr. Franklyn E. Meyer,

My name is Charlie Hatley, and I wanted to write to you and tell you how much your book, Caleb and Me Again, means to me

Dear Mr. Franklyn E. Meyer,

My name is Charlie Hatley, and I wanted to write to you and tell you how much your book, Caleb and Me Again, means to me. Last summer I lost my giant schnauzer, Brita. She had been with me my entire life and losing her was something I was not prepared to cope with. Your book was a great way for me to cope with my sadness.

Dear Alan Gratz

Sam Shiberou
White Station Middle School
Memphis

Dear Alan Gratz,

As I turn on the news, I cannot believe my eyes. It is filled with images and stories of horrible things happening all over the world. 

Dear Alan Gratz,

Dear Sharon M. Draper

Nelly A. Brimah
Thurman Francis Arts Academy
Smyrna

Dear Mrs. Draper,

In this life, everybody has a story to tell or an experience to share that is unique to them. We are all a little different, but in the end, it’s the experiences we go through that make or break us. 

Dear Mrs. Draper,

In this life, everybody has a story to tell or an experience to share that is unique to them. We are all a little different, but in the end, it’s the experiences we go through that make or break us. In just eleven years of my life, I have had quite a few unique experiences, but none has had such a profound effect on my life as my little brother being diagnosed with biliary atresia.

Dear Michelle Levy

Eva Winfrey
White Station High School
Memphis

Dear Michelle Levy, 

My father tried to kill himself twice. The first time, I wasn’t prepared. I was twelve at the time. What twelve-year-old would understand why her father wanted to kill himself?

Dear Michelle Levy,

Dear Margo Lee Shetterly

Sofia Tomov
Knoxville

Dear Ms. Margo Lee Shetterly

Spaceflight captures the imagination not only because it pushes the limit of technological innovation, but also because it encompasses the human drives to explore and break boundaries. 

Dear Ms. Margo Lee Shetterly

Dear Malala Yousafzai

Sari Richmond
White Station Middle School
Memphis

Dear Ms. Yousafzai,

 

You probably get a lot of letters, telling you thank you, but it would mean a lot to me if you could take a little bit of your time to read this, and know how much you changed my life. 

Dear Ms. Yousafzai,

You probably get a lot of letters, telling you thank you, but it would mean a lot to me if you could take a little bit of your time to read this, and know how much you changed my life.

Dear Peg Kehret

Annaleigh Eason
Hutchison School
Memphis

Dear Peg Kehret,

My name is Annaleigh Eason, and I'm twelve years old. In fourth grade, my class read your book Small Steps. While we were reading, my teacher, Ms. Maxwell, was lead to tears. 

Dear Peg Kehret,

Dear Robert Frost

Zoe Gilmore
Hutchison School
Memphis

Dear Mr. Robert Frost,

Hello, my name is Zoe Gilmore! I am 11 years old and have always loved your poems, especially "The Road Not Taken." This poem has touched me in my life because it has a personal meaning to me. When some people look at this particular poem they see a scripture of writing about how you should choose the road that is not usually taken, like straying away from the herd and being different. 

Dear Mr. Robert Frost,

Dear Lauren Oliver

Jennifer Chiu
White Station Middle
Memphis

Dear Lauren Oliver,

Miracles happen every day, all round the world, to everyone. They just may not be what you expected. 

Dear Lauren Oliver,

Miracles happen every day, all round the world, to everyone. They just may not be what you expected. For the homeless, it might be a clean place to sleep. For the starving, it might mean the half-eaten burger found in the trash can. For the average man, it might mean winning the lottery. And for me, the average twelve year old schoolgirl, it's the gift of today, of being alive.

Dear Maurice Sendak

Madison Morris
Hutchison School
Memphis

Ever since I read your book Where the Wild Things Are, I've been searching for the heaven you inspired in my mind. 

Ever since I read your book Where the Wild Things Are, I've been searching for the heaven you inspired in my mind. My childhood was richly imbued with the story of Max, who from the first page became my role model. I can't tell you how many times I built a fort, or fought with my brother and dad, or ran around the house like a crazy person, dragging my 'Lamby' into the fray with me, nor can I be sure why your story stuck with me throughout all my years.