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Letters About Literature

Dear Jodi Picoult,

Namchi Do
White Station High School, 11th grade
Memphis

I am no Anna—no longer my sister's keeper.

When I am not being called by my little sister's name or my own, I am known in my family as Sister Ten. It is a name that I tolerate, though I would prefer not to be known foremost as a number. I am Namchi Do, the tenth and second youngest child.

Dear Jodi Picoult,

I am no Anna—no longer my sister's keeper.

Dear Jerry Spinelli,

Paige Moncivaez
Siegel Middle School, 8th grade
Murfreesboro

Thank you, Mr. Spinelli, for writing something so powerful as to shatter my artificial exterior, and let my carefree soul fly free to drop loose change in the street, and to dance in the rain whenever I want to.

Dear Mr. Jerry Spinelli,

I was her. She was me. I could feel everything she felt, want everything she wanted, and understand where her ideas were coming from. Who is it I could be identifying so closely with? She's one of your characters: Stargirl.

Dear Dave Pelzer,

Jordan Pittman
Power Center Academy, 7th grade
Memphis

I learned from A Child Called It, that even though abuse can hurt people mentally, spiritually and physically, you can overcome it. By the end of the book my perspective on life had changed for the better. I began to see myself in a new way. You taught me that people will knock you down, but you have to continue to get back up mentally and physically. 

 

Dear Dave Pelzer,

I would like to thank you for creating A Child Called It. I felt alone, but after reading your book, I know someone understands my pain. Your mother in several ways unfairly abused you. Similarly my mother's male companion abused me. It has been touch for me to talk about this experience and how it has affected me spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Dear Jay Asher,

Taylor Saling
Christiana Middle School, 8th grade
Christiana

Your book Thirteen Reasons Why has changed my life; I mean literally changed my life. When I received your book from a friend, I thought it was just going to be some sob story about a girl, but I was wrong. 

 

Dear Jay Asher,

Dear John Grogan,

Landon Webb
Central Magnet School, 6th grade
Murfreesboro

Your book Marley and Me really touched me. I could relate to your story in so many ways. I had just lost my best friend, Prissie. You feel so alone when there is a death in your family, but usually you are surrounded by people that can relate or comfort you in some way. When you lose a pet, you don't always have sympathy from other people. 

Dear John Grogan,

Dear Maria Shriver,

Joseph Kingsley
Coalfield School, 5th grade
Coalfield

I call him Uncle Dub, even though he's really my great-great uncle. Your book, What's Happening to Grandpa, changed my understanding about things in my uncle's life. 

Dear Maria Shriver,