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Program

Letters About Literature

A national reading-writing contest for grades 4 - 12.

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Leah Kuehn
Program Assistant
(207) 773-5051

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Letters About Literature: Winning Entries

Level 3 First Place: Grace Roberts

  Entry from the 2017 Letters About Literature competition   Charles Bukowski- There is a part of me which loves human beings and the human experience. Though this part swiftly denounced you and your work as purely misanthropic, I should note that you were also somewhat asymmetrically lionized by the part which understands your distrust. In writing,… Read more

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Level 2 First Place: Digby Roberts

  Entry from the 2017 Letters About Literature competition   Dear Bill Konigsberg,   Before reading your book, Openly Straight, I wasn’t as open about myself as I am now. I came upon your story after I had finished the summer reading program for my local library. I was looking at a rack of books to chose… Read more

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Level 1 First Place: Macy Young

  Entry from the 2017 Letters About Literature competition   Dear Ms. Woodson,   I must admit, when I first came upon your book, I was skeptical. I didn’t know how a book written through poetry could tell a real story. But after reading the book cover to cover, I doubt the story would have been quite… Read more

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Level 3 First Place: Mei Tian

  Entry from the 2016 Letters About Literature competition   Dear Carolyn Marsden and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh,   Six years ago, when I was told to write a letter to the author(s) of a book that inspired me, I chose you two. Here I am, six years later, and when I got the opportunity to… Read more

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Level 2 First Place: Jeffrey Fosgate

  Entry from the 2016 Letters About Literature competition   Dear Michael Rosen,   Books have affected my life greatly over the years. Whether it’s a book about a girl from Kansas trying to escape a magical wonderland, or a book about an unsolved murder, literature has changed the way I see life today. Of… Read more

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Level 1 First Place: Austen Turner

  Entry from the 2016 Letters About Literature competition January 5, 2016 Dear Lisa Fielder,   Before I read your novel MouseHeart, I was lazy, dawdled around, was slow, and I absolutely hated, hated, hated reading unless it was a picture book. I didn’t get why my mother would read in bed, and I didn’t… Read more

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Gabe Ferris

Listen to Maine Student Read Award Winning Letter to Author

Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of this year’s national Letters About Literature contest for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author of the biography Steve Jobs. Gabriel’s  letter poses a question highly relevant for modern culture: “Is excess a requirement for extreme success?… Read more

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Level 3 First Place: Rosemary Wood

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition: December 3, 2014 Dear Stephen Chbosky, Before I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower I was afraid to be myself. I acted like a completely different person in school, and I was only myself with my friends and family. I was an unhappy 12 year old… Read more

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Level 3 Second Place: Madison Stover

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition:   Dear John Green, I was five years old when my mother was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. I recall her sitting me down at our small round table, with tears in her eyes, and telling me that everyday life was going to get tougher. But,… Read more

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Level 2 Second Place: Julia Ryan

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition: January 12, 2015 Dear Malala Yousafzai, Why, why, why must the world be this way? Why must there be bad people and criminals and bullies? Why must there be poverty and starvation and homeless people? Why must guiltless individuals be killed or punished or hurt while they… Read more

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Level 2 First Place: Gabriel Ferris

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition:   Dear Walter Isaacson, For the last few years I have been obsessively interested in computers, especially Macs. I picked up a copy of your book about Steve Jobs, excited by the thought that I might find a few technical nuggets that could broaden my horizons. I… Read more

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Level 1 First Place: Elizabeth (Lacey) Brune

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition:   Dear Cece Bell, I never really understood the struggles that people with disabilities endure. In fact, I never had the chance to understand them. Your book, El Deafo, gave me a glimpse into a deaf person’s life and I learned that deaf people are the same… Read more

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Level 1 Second Place: Maxwell J. White

Entry from the 2015 Letters About Literature competition:   October 14, 2014 Dear Mr. Riordan, I would personally like to thank you for writing The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson series. This book effected my life more then I ever dreamed a book could, and even though I read it years… Read more

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