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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.

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

The letters of the state’s winners and honorable mentions will be posted on the RI Center for the Book website, www.ribook.org.

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