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Letters About Literature

Dear Clare Vanderpool

Sophia Floyd
White Station Middle School
Memphs

Dear Clare Vanderpool, 

I have always been interested in the past. In particular, learning about life without the many things that we now call “necessities” has always been exciting to me. When I read Moon Over Manifest, my imagination was filled with predictions for events that Abilene Tucker would experience throughout her trip to Manifest, Kansas during the Great Depression.

Dear Clare Vanderpool,

Dear Lois Lowry

Kelsey Bowen
White Station High School
Memphis

Dear Lois Lowry,

It feels like there is an entire circus performing in the pit of my stomach...

Dear Lois Lowry,

It feels like there is an entire circus performing in the pit of my stomach. Acrobats, contortionists, and parading animals all flipping and twisting about deep within me and you, Mrs. Lowry, put them there. You lead them in one by one and conducted them in this chaotic rampage inside of me, with your book, The Giver as the ring leader; I have nothing but thanks to offer you. 

Letter to P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins

Elissa Grace Todd
White Station High School
Memphis

I was first introduced to Mary Poppins when I was a very little girl. She soared through the window in the first room on the right, second floor, at my grandmother's house when I was about the same age as my new best friends, Jane and Michael Banks. Mary Poppins did not make sense. 


Dear Ms. P.L. Travers,

Letter to Sarah Weeks, author of So B. It

Vancie Peacock
Hutchison School
Memphis

Reading your book, So B. It, really inspired me and changed my ways of thinking...I have never taken time out of my life to realize how hard it would be to not know who I am and to not know about my past. 

Dear Sarah Weeks,

Letter to Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia

Emma Stevenson
Sewanee Elementary School
Winchester

This book challenged me in many ways. It really made me think about how I treat others. Am I helpful or hurtful? Am I a bully? Am I willing to help someone even though they are different from me? Am I someone I would want as a friend?


Dear Katherine Paterson,

I read your book Bridge To Terabithia. This book challenged me in many ways. It really made me think about how I treat others. Am I helpful or hurtful? Am I a bully? Am I willing to help someone even though they are different from me? Am I someone I would want as a friend? The answer is: I strive to be the person that is friendly and willing to help those in need.

Letter to Patricia McCormick, author of Cut

Paige Supeck
Petros Joyner School
Wartburg

I am a cutter. I used to be filled with self-hate, I judged myself, and I was always judged by others...I read your book, Cut, and then my life was turned around. 


Dear Patricia McCormick,

I am a cutter. I used to be filled with self-hate, I judged myself, and I was always judged by others. I have been judged and I have been hated by others. I haven't always hung out with the best people in the world, and I have always been different than most girls my age. I am only 12, however, I have been through much more than anyone should have to go through. 

A Letter to Orwell, author of Animal Farm

Corey Hancock
Houston High School
Germantown

I was assigned your book to read as a freshman in high school, so, as with all schoolwork, I wasn't exactly thrilled about the prospect. When I was told that the book is a satirical work focusing on dysfunctional aspects of communism, I thought I knew what I was in for. 


Dear Mr. George Orwell,

Letter to Eleanor Coerr, author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Prakriti Mehta
White Station High School
Memphis

I grew up an only child, swaddled by my parents against the world’s blots and blemishes. Instead of worries or doubts, I filled my mind with stories and aspirations. My favorite stories always came from my grandmother, a grand woman equal parts iron and perfectly shaped pancakes. 


Dear Eleanor Coerr,

Letter to Edgar Allan Poe - "Alone"

Piper Chaussee
Coalfield School
Coalfield

Being alone doesn’t always mean that you’re not near others. It is about feeling like you’re the only person who feels the way you do. Sometimes people don’t like the same thing, and when everyone else likes something different, you feel like everyone is standing in a safe place and you’re on the outside. 


Dear Edgar Allan Poe,

Alone: having no one else present or near. For me, your poem “Alone” explained alone better than the dictionary. Being alone doesn’t always mean that you’re not near others. It is about feeling like you’re the only person who feels the way you do. Sometimes people don’t like the same thing, and when everyone else likes something different, you feel like everyone is standing in a safe place and you’re on the outside.

Letter to Rick Riordan, author of The Lost Hero

Sarah Shen
White Station Middle School
Memphis

Dear Rick Riordan,

There are millions of amazing books out there, each one molded into a different story, with different perspectives. However, your book was the puppy in a litter of kittens. 

 

Dear Rick Riordan,

Dear Messrs. Levitt and Dubner

Sudeshna Barman
White Station High School
Memphis

It sounds hokey to say that reading one book has changed my entire life's goals, and to be perfectly fair, I suppose it hasn't. After a few months; deliberation, I am no longer so sure I want to become an economist.

Messrs. Levitt and Dubner, 

I'd like to tell you a story.

When we were both in the tenth grade, I got a phone call from a friend who lived in California. As it happens with two teens who are forced into a conversation by the parents, talk turned to academics. Vikash, a sophomore, was taking AP Biology and AP Calculus BC - math and science classes two to three years ahead of the curve - in addition to courses at UCLA. "Why?" I demanded, quite astonished. He told me that he wanted to be an astronaut.