I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

ISBN-10: 0316241318
ISBN-13: 9780316241311
Author: Ganda, Martin and Caitlin Alifirenka
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: April 2015

Copyright: 2015

Page Count: 400

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Lexile: 790L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 13.0

BISAC Subjects

Pen pals; United States; Juvenile literature

Pen pals; United States; Juvenile literature

Pen pals; United States; Juvenile literature

The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of--so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through letters. Their story will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.