Letters About Literature: 2013

2013OCFB

2014   |  2013  |  2012

A National Reading and Writing Promotional Program for Children and Young Adults.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with and in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre– fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.

Level 1 Winners

First Place: Abigail McNaughton (6th Grade: Cleveland, Ohio)
Letter to Armstrong Sperry concerning his book, Call it Courage

Second Place: Lilliana Romaker (6th Grade: Columbus, Ohio)
Letter to J. K. Rowling, OBE FRSL on her Harry Potter series

Third Place: Christopher Haddad (5th Grade: Cleveland, Ohio)
Letter to Bette Bao Lord on her book, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robison

Level 1 Semifinalists

Natalyn Kaser (6th Grade: Wadsworth, Ohio)
Letter to Sarah Weeks concerning her book, As Simple as it Gets

David Potts (6th Grade: Sidney, Ohio)
Letter to James Dashner concerning his book, Death Cure

Rae S. Russell (6th Grade: Cleveland, Ohio)
Letter to Sharon Draper concerning her book, Out of My Mind

Kota Asano Wharton (6th Grade: Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Letter to Jennifer Jacibson on her book, Small as an Elephant

Level 2 Winners

First Place: Haya Saadeh (8th Grade: Olmsted Falls, Ohio)
Letter to R. J. Palacio concerning her book, Wonder

Second Place: Alexandra Wilkin (8th Grade: Worthington, Ohio)

Letter to Laurie Halse Anderson concerning her book, Winter Girls

Third Place: Joey Lagucki (8th Grade: Columbus, Ohio)
Letter to Kate DiCamillo concerning her book, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Level 2 Semifinalists

Mackenzie Glaser-Addison (7th Grade: Brooklyn, Ohio)
Letter to Cynthia Lord concerning her book, Rules

Drew Mayerson (8th Grade: Columbus, Ohio)
Letter to Jim Tressel concerning his book, Winners Manual

Alexander Riggs (8th Grade: Worthington, Ohio)
Letter to Jeanette Walls on her book, Glass Circle

Ionana Spiridonica (8th Grade: Brooklyn, Ohio)
Letter to Veronica Roth concerning her book, Divergent

Level 3 Winners

First Place: Caroline Clauson (10th Grade: Xenia, Ohio)
Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson concerning his poem, “A Nation’s Strength”

Second Place: Abby White (10th Grade: Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Letter to Stephen Chbosky concerning his book, Perks of Being a Wildflower

Third Place: Logan Shackelford: (9th Grade: Fostoria, Ohio)
Letter to David Wright concerning his edition of Beowulf

Level 3 Semifinalists

Hariket Bilodiva (9th Grade: Fostoria, Ohio)
Letter to Lois Lowry concerning her book, The Giver

Eva Dickerson (10th Grade: Wadsworth, Ohio)
Letter to Mitch Albom concerning his book, Tuesdays with Morrie

Amber Green (10th Grade: Cleveland, Ohio)
Letter to Traci Jones concerning her book, Standing Against the Wind

Isabel Abril King (9th Grade: Fostoria, Ohio)
Letter to Catherine Ryan Hyde concerning her book, Pay it Forward