Powerful stuff with most of the etters written by readers who are darn good writers themselves This collection of earnest thoughtful Between Silences letters was written by young people to authors of books they read that impacted them in some way They validate whatibrarians and teachers already know that the right book in the right hands can make a powerful difference in a young person s Betrayals life There are fifty twoetters divided into 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 Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations letter is introduced with one or two pages of information about the book that is the topic of theetter 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 people even such excellent writers as these are still not as polished as professional writers Should be especially welcome reading for those who regularly embrace the power of books and reading to transform Bat Ode lives such as English teachersibrarians and authors The Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work letters could also prove useful as exemplar texts for teachers working with students on persuasive writing and crafting a well writtenetter Such a great idea for a book Short and sweet passages highlight biographical facts and creative inspirations of each author followed by a moving etter to the author from a young reader A great collection to have on hand at any public ibrary as a testament to the power of reading and an inspiration to young readers This book elucidates 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 Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War life Another girl whose father is from Eritrea never understood his experiences from back home as much until reading about pioneers This black daughter of an imprisoned manearnt to cope with his absence reading about parental Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French loss A brown 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 toiving her ife to the very fullest A granddaughter copes with her eighty 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 egend A child challenges earlier Islamophobic stereotypes after reading about Afghanistan A girl draws parallels between how a protagonist copes with being raped and how she was hiding from health issues motivating her to become proactive Another connects with her Puerto Rican identity after Books can change At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture lives and here are than fifty powerfuletters 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 explaining how reading his memoir deepened her understanding of her grandparents plight during the Holocaust After reading The House on Mango Street Ju.
Eading 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 a memoir Everyone should read this Books have the power to change Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity lives and this collection offers the opportunity to peer into theives of both reader and author and see just how powerful the connection between writer and reader can become I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and along the way found myself encountering favorite books of mine and how they had influenced others as well as books that I had not read yet or encountered 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 Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism listI wouldove to read this book with students who are working on narrative 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 If you ever hadfavorite book as a child you need to read this book This wonderful one hour read features Boggs: A Comedy of Values letters from children grades 4 12 written to the author of a book that changed theirives Drawn from 25 years of Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago letters submitted to the Library of Congress Letter About Literature competition youl see the favorites from your childhood interpreted by some wise and articulate kids We always hear that reading has the power to changed Berlioz and the Romantic Century lives but have you ever wondered exactly 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 aetter about a book a poem or a speech that has personally impacted their Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago life in some wayFor this book theibrary selected 52 Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) 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 partsetters 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 example 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 Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture loved watching snowflakes gracefully falling whileiving in Delaware but who felt she had One Touch of Scandal lost that when her family moved to Georgia After reading The Diary of a Young Girl a young girl writes to Anne Frank In heretter she talks 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 else 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 etters in this collection written by students in.
Bout 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 experience 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 etters are insightful very well writtenand even profound I wasn t sure what to do with this book I began assigning some of the etters 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 ed to an assignment similar to the criteria used by the Library of Congress And while I am not at Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 liberty to divulge what they had to say about themselves I can agree that books and reading do have the power to changeives especially for young readers And it was wonderful to read so many interesting responses I m returning this to the Chameleon Hours library after only reading the introduction and two entries 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 expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book actually is For some reason I thought it was a collection of spontaneous bestetters authors have received as in actual mail sent by kids to authors I realize now that was not exactly a realistic expectation And as the introduction explained this is actually a collection of entries from an essay 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 Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) lettersessays from a contest it just wasn t what I wasooking 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 Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide lives and I hope this book will find the right readers I just want anyoneooking to it up to know what exactly it is and what it isn t I Citrus: A History love everything 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 elementary to high school as theetters are from the students grade 4 12I happily received this book from the publisher via NetGalley so I could write an honest review 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 a young reader The Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 letters from the school children will tug at your heart The Letters about Literature reading program is such a worthwhile venture promoting the use ofetter writing as a means of expression for youth. Grades four through twelve reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the ives of readers Offering etters that are as profound as they are personal and as moving as they are enlightening this collection which also features artwork by some of the contest entrants provides a glimpse into young people s ives and their connections both expected and unexpected to the written word.
As a nonfiction author speciailizing in social history Cathy spends a great deal of time researching the past Her research has taken her into the belly of a whaleship on an icy January morning in Mystic Connecticut deep into a coal mine in Northeastern Pennsylvania to tenement buildings on New York City's Lower East Side and even into the Secret Annexe in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her f