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Te books of mine and how they had influenced others as well as Books That I Had that I had read yet or ncountered as an assigned text in school years ago that had not resonated with me all finding their way back onto the to be read possibly again listI would love to read this book with students who are working on narrative Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice essay and have the opportunity to discuss the power of writing on an audience There are numerous ways to blend this books with author studies personal narrative writing reuirements and opinion reflection writingThank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in return for a fair and honest review I m returning this to the library after only reading the introduction and twontries I m not going to rate it because I think it s a great concept and just because it didn t work for me doesn t make it a bad book The issue for me was my En plein coeur expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book actually is For some reason I thought it was a collection of spontaneous best letters authors have received as in actual mail sent by kids to authors I realize now that was notxactly a realistic The Bookshop on the Shore expectation And as the introductionxplained this is actually a collection of Dance Real Slow entries from anssay writing contest I would have known this if I had read the back jacket and that was my own mistake There is absolutely nothing wrong with a book of lettersessays from a contest it just wasn t what I was looking for I couldn t shake the feeling that the bits I read were very formal and had a whiff of homework about them I LOVE that authors and books have changed kids lives and I hope this book will find the right readers I just want anyone looking to it up to know what The Art of Memoir exactly it is and what it isn t Powerful stuff with most of the letters written by readers who are darn good writers themselves This booklucidates both the value of reading for children and the need for diversity in publishing A girl preparing for her bat mitzvah connected with Anne Frank s conviction to die as a Jew rather than wear a mask all her life Another girl whose father is from Eritrea never understood his xperiences from back home as much until reading about pioneers This black daughter of an imprisoned man learnt to cope with his reading about parental cope with his absence reading about parental A sister of a boy with Autism grew to understand him as she read about a child with cerebral palsy A multiracial child reads about history and further grasps her grandfather s role as a black Panther and Jewish grandmother s participation in the civil rights movement Reading Lord of the Flies helps a child realise they do not want to be manipulated into hurting others by peer pressure A daughter of a mother with substance abuse issues reads about suicide and commits to living her life to the very fullest A granddaughter copes with her ighty four year old family member s declining health thanks to a newfound appreciation of the holistic approach taken in Native culture after reading an Athabascan legend A chil. Lia Mueller writes to Sandra Cisneros You didn t tell me how to pull myself back together; you just showed me that I could I was tired of trying to be somebody lse s definition of beautiful and you told me that was okay Culled from the Letters About Literature contest of the Library of Congress Center for the Book the fifty two letters in this collection written by students in. .

This book published by the Library of Congress Center for the Book shows the power of reading and the impact one poem or novel has on power of reading and the impact one poem or novel has on YOUNG READER THE LETTERS FROM young reader The letters from school children will tug at your heart The Letters about Literature reading program is such a worthwhile venture promoting the use of letter writing as a means of xpression for youth Such a great idea for a book Short and sweet passages highlight biographical facts and creative inspirations of EACH AUTHOR FOLLOWED BY A MOVING LETTER TO THE author followed by a moving letter to the from a young reader A great collection to have on hand at any public library as a testament to the power of reading and an inspiration to young readers If you ver hadfavorite book as a child you need to read this book This wonderful one hour read features letters from children grades 4 12 written to the author of a book that changed their lives Drawn from 25 years of letters submitted to the Library of Congress Letter About Literature competition you ll see the favorites from your childhood interpreted by some wise and articulate kids I love verything about this book As an avid reader I m constantly making personal connections to the author and the book I had never heard about the Letters About Literature contest that the Library of Congress puts on It s such a great idea Journeys Young Readers Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives would be ideal for those who teach upper PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition elementary to high school as the letters are from the students grade 4 12I happily received this book from the publisher via NetGalley so I could write an honest review This collection ofarnest thoughtful letters was written by young people to authors of books they read that impacted them in some way They validate what librarians and teachers already know that the right book in the right hands can make a powerful difference in a young person s life There are fifty two letters divided into Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography elementary middle and high school students who have won the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book Each letter is introduced with one or two pages of information about the book that is the topic of the letter Most of the books are well known and are often reuired reading in schools such as Stargirl Night and The Giver Keep in mind that young peopleven such The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, excellent writers as these are still not as polished as professional writers Should bespecially welcome reading for those who regularly mbrace the power of books and reading to transform lives such as English teachers librarians and authors The letters could also prove useful as xemplar texts for teachers working with students on persuasive writing and crafting a well written letter Books have the power to change lives and this collection offers the opportunity to peer into the lives of both reader and author and see just how powerful the connection between writer and reader can become I thoroughly njoyed reading this book and along the way found myself ncountering favori. Books can change lives and here are than fifty powerful letters from young readers to authors revealing some of the ways that is true Annie Schnitzer tells Elie Wiesel Reading your story allowed me to connect with my own history The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl explaining how reading his memoir deepened her understanding of her grandparents plight during the Holocaust After reading The House on Mango Street Ju. D challengesarlier Islamophobic stereotypes after reading about Afghanistan A girl draws parallels between how a protagonist copes with being raped and How She Was Hiding From she was hiding from issues motivating her to become proactive Another connects with her Puerto Rican identity after reading about a young hijabi s decision to cover A Pakistani daughter comes to appreciate her mother s roots after reading of newcomer struggles In juvenile detention a young man uestions how to change his path after reading about a futuristic world A coming of age novel propels a girl to challenge societal standards of beauty A grandchild of Holocaust survivors connects With Their Past After Reading their past after reading memoir Everyone should read this We always hear that reading has the power to changed lives but have you Exile and Pilgrim ever wonderedxactly how that might have happened to some young readers Every year the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress sponsors a contest called Letters About Literature in which students from all over the country are asked to write a letter about a book a poem or a speech that has personally impacted their life in some wayFor this book the library selected 52 letters from students in grades 4 12 covering a wide variety of authors and their books The book is divided into three parts Upper Elementary Finding a Friend Finding a Voice Middle School A New Awareness and High School I Am Not A Nobody Within these parts letters are grouped by themes of Destinations Realizations and Returning HomeIn some way the book poem or speech is one that they can really relate to For xample Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost is a poem that brought the feeling tranuility and simplicity back to a young girl who loved Watching Snowflakes Gracefully Falling snowflakes gracefully falling living in Delaware but who felt she had lost that when her family moved to Georgia After reading The Diary of a Young Girl a young girl writes to Anne Frank In her letter she talks about how proud Anne was to be Jewish Because of Anne she discovers the same sense of pride within herself wanting to carrying on Anne s name as a young Jewish girlA middle school girl found herself reading Laurie Halse Anderson s Speak Though her xperience was not the same as the girl in the book she was able to relate and realize that she too needed to speak about the things that were causing her depression and unhappinessWhile the letters are insightful very well writtenand ven profound I wasn t sure what to do with this book I began assigning some of the letters about books I knew they had read to students to see what they had to say in a class discussion What a surprise They found plenty to relate to That of course led to an assignment similar to the criteria used by the Library of Congress And while I am not at liberty to divulge what they had to say about themselves I can agree that books and reading do have the power to change lives specially for young readers And it was wonderful to read so many interesting responses. Grades four through twelve reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the lives of readers Offering letters that are as profound as they are personal and as moving as they are nlightening this collection which also features artwork by some of the contest ntrants provides a glimpse into young people s lives and their connections both xpected and unexpected to the written word. ,

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