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Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest that asks students in grades 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores, and is administered statewide by the Indiana Center for the Book.
The 2010 finalists, including the author to which they wrote, are as follows:
Level I (grades 4-6)
1st place - Samuel Huff, Newburgh, (Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret).
2nd place - A.J. Sallee, Pittsboro (Jean Craighead George, There's a Tarantula in my Purse).
3rd place - Robert J. Vukovich, Zionsville (Michelle Paver, Wolf Brother).
Honorable Mention - Sophia Olsen, Mishawaka (David Kherdian, Road from Home).
Honorable Mention - Lucy Bays, Zionsville (John Grogan, Marley and Me).
Level II (grades 7-8)
1st place - Rachel Meyers, Indianapolis (Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper).
2nd place - Madison Kemker, Jasper (Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture).
3rd place - Sydney Gray, West Lafayette (Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why).
Honorable Mention - Elyse Romanovich, West Lafayette (Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
Honorable Mention - Sigal Tavel, Indianapolis (Markus Zusak, The Book Thief).
Honorable Mention - Kiersten Reed, Mishawaka (Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees).
Honorable Mention - Mrinalini Sugosh, Evansville (Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl).
Level III (grades 9-12)
1st place - Rahaf Safi, Plainfield (Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love).
2nd place - Shelby Orange, Frankfort (Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones).
3rd place - Jessica Leeper, Huntington (Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human?).
Honorable Mention - Natalie Collinsgru, Jasper (Laura Bowers, Beauty Shop for Rent).
Honorable Mention - Laura Beckman, Jasper (Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, The Plane Janes).
Honorable Mention - Juan Ramos, Jasper (Laura Resau, Red Glass).