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2011 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
Taylor Mathews Read Taylor’s letter Arkansas “Into the Wild” Erin Hunter
Taylor Mathews, 6th grade, Southwest Middle School, Searcy, Ark. Taylor wrote to Erin Hunter, author of “Into the Wild.”
Maryam Salah Read Maryam’s letter Massachusetts “Maniac Magee” Jerry Spinelli
Maryam Salah, 6th grade, Al-Hamra Academy, Shrewsbury, Mass. Maryam wrote to Jerry Spinelli, author of “Maniac Magee.”

Level II Grades 7-8

Winner Letter Home Town Book Author
Christian Lusardi Read Christian’s letter Connecticut “The Cricket in Times Square” George Selden
Christian Lusardi, 8th grade, Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, Conn. Christian wrote to George Selden, author of “The Cricket in Times Square.”
Audrey Wood Read Audrey’s letter Virginia “Peter Pan” J.M. Barrie
Audrey Wood, 7th grade, North Branch School, Afton, Va. Audrey wrote to J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan.”

Level III Grades 9-12

Winner Letter Home Town Book Author
Akash Kar Read Akash’s letter California “The Namesake” Jhumpa Lahiri
Akash Kar, 11th grade, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, Calif. Akash wrote to Jhumpa Lahiri, author of “The Namesake.”
Ashli Bynum Read Ashli’s letter Michigan “Barbie Doll” Marge Piercy
Ashli Bynum, Forest Hills Northern High School, Ada, Mich. Ashli wrote to Marge Piercy, author of “Barbie Doll.”

National Honor Winners

Level 1: Level 2: Level 3:
Conrad Oberhaus, Ill  |  Read letter Heather Wiggins, MI  |  Read letter Ashlee BeGell, AZ  |  Read letter
Nicholas Behrens, MN  |  Read letter Solomon Polansky, MN  |  Read letter Fabilola Urdaneta, FL  |  Read letter
Tristan Tudor, MT  |  Read letter Janet Snow, NC  |  Read letter Daeun Kim, NJ  |  Read letter
Hanna Lee, TX  |  Read letter Abby Bateman, WA  |  Read letter Neal Digre, SD  |  Read letter