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2009 Letters About Literature National Winners

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Each year, six National and 12 National Honor letters are chosen from the tens of thousands of entries. National winners can name the library of their choice to receive a $10,000 award from Target, and the students receive a $500 Target GiftCard. National Honor winners can name a library to receive a $1,000 award from Target, and the students receive a $50 Target GiftCard.

Level I Grades 4-6

Winner Letter Home Town Book Author
Taaja Draughn Read Taaja's letter North Carolina “Forged by Fire” Sharon Draper
Caroline Hoskins Read Caroline's letter Tennessee “Rules” Cynthia Lord
Honorable Mention
Clare Arlington Boyle Read Clare's letter Connecticut “Anne of Green Gables” L. M. Montgomery
Carolyn Propst Read Carolyn's letter Georgia “The Clique” Lisi Harrison
Reigner Kane Read Reigner's letter Louisiana “Redwall” Brian Jacques
Cameron Fitzgerald Read Cameron's letter Maryland “White Fang” Jack London

Level II Grades 7-8

Winner Letter Home Town Book Author
Cori Anne Mazer Read Cori's letter Alabama “The Giver” Lois Lowry
Kailey McCoy Read Kailey's letter California “ADHD & Me” Blake E.S. Taylor
Honorable Mention
Eliza Dach Read Eliza's letter Arkansas “Three Cups of Tea” Greg Mortenson
Jared Dauman Read Jared's letter New York “Speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention” Barack Obama
Abby Tillotson Read Abby's letter North Dakota “Stargirl” Jerry Spinelli
Erikka Potts Read Erikka's letter Oregon “A Child Called "It"” Dave Pelzer

Level III Grades 9-12

Winner Letter Home Town Book Author
Amelia Leuer Read Amelia's letter Minnesota the poem "Caroline" Linda Pastan
Joshua Tiprigan Read Joshua's letter New Jersey the poem "If" Rudyard Kipling
Honorable Mention
Xinyue Ye Read Xinyue's letter Texas “The Great Gatsby” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Y Thien Hoang Read Y Thien's letter Oregon “Across the Plains in 1844” Catherine Sager Pringle
Nilesh Raval Read Nilesh's letter Michigan “The Namesake” Jhumpa Lahiri
Xio Torres Read Xio's letter Pennsylvania “Does my Head Look Big in This?” Randa Abdel-Fattah