Here's a shout-out to ElemenoB who entered the Letters About Literature contest and took third place out of 400 entries in her age category!
This is a contest where students write a letter to the author of a book which has touched their life in a personal way. She wrote to Alma Yates, the author of the novel Sammy's Song.
I would tell everyone to go find a copy of this book and read it but, unfortunately, it is no longer in print.
I love this book - and so do my girls.
It is the story of 10-year-old Marni who learns to deal with her handicapped cousin Sammy when he comes to live with their family. It delves into the uncomfortable feelings many people experience when they are around people with disabilities. As the story unfolds Marni learns to see things from Sammy's perspective. As she spends more time with him she realizes that there is someone unique hidden beneath his uncommon exterior.
I love that ElemenoB chose to write about how this book has influenced her way of thinking towards those who are different.
Congratulations, ElemenoB! Contest or not - you make me proud.