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Letters About Literature Awards presented at William Hall Library on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Rhode Island Center for the Book at The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities honored the 2015 Letters About Literature award recipients at William Hall Library in Cranston on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015.

Close to 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in the national contest sponsored by the Center for the Book at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Teachers, librarians and parents submitted over 700 letters responding to the prompt: Write a personal letter to an author whose work (either fiction or nonfiction) changed your view of the world or yourself.

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Level 1 State Winners

State Winner

 Jayna Barrette, Grade 5, William Winsor Elementary, Greenville
Letter to: J.K. Rowling, author of The Harry Potter Series


Honorable Mentions

Mira Cheng, Grade 5, Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
Letter to: Wendy Mass, author of The Candy Maker                     

Yael Goldstein, Grade 5, Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
Letter to: Dawn Fitzgerald, author of Getting in the Game

Lila Salazar, Grade 5, Moses Brown School, Providence
Letter to: Malala Yousafzai, author of I am Malala


Level 2 State Winners

State Winner

Hannah Capron, Grade 8, Scituate Middle School
Letter to: Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie


Level 2 Honorable Mentions

Emma Waters, Grade 7, LaSalle Academy
Letter to: Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society

Alexander Yeaw, Grade 8, Scituate Middle School
Letter to: Phil Kaye, author of Repetition


Level 3 State Winners

State Winner

Mirando Zito, Grade 9, Lincoln School
Letter to: Tomie DePaolo, author of Strega Nona


Level 3 Honorable Mentions

Tyler Jackman, Grade 11, West Warwick High School
Letter to: Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Grace Miner, Grade 11, Individual Entry, East Greenwich High School
Letter to: Henry James, author of The Portrait of a Lady

Joseph Paquette, Grade 11, West Warwick High School
Letter to: Elie Weisel, author of Night


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