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2012 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

Winners Letter Home Town Book Author
Margaret Lim Read Margaret’s letter Searcy, AR Out of My Mind Sharon Draper
Margaret Lim, Searcy, AR, grade 6, wrote to Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind
Darius Atefat-Peckham Read Darius’ letter Huntington, WV Maniac Magee Mark Doty
Darius Atefat-Peckham, Huntington, WV, grade 5, wrote to Mark Doty, author of Dog Years

Level II Grades 7-8

Winners Letter Home Town Book Author
Diana Lanni Read Diana’s letter Connecticut The Cricket in Times Square Robert Service
Diana Lanni, Fairbanks, AK, grade 8, wrote to Robert Service, author of "The Three Voices"
Abbie Beaver Read Abbie’s letter Virginia Peter Pan George Orwell
Abbie Beaver, Hot Springs, AR, grade 8, wrote to George Orwell, author of Animal Farm

Level III Grades 9-12

Winners Letter Home Town Book Author
Amber-Nicole Watty Read Amber-Nicole’s letter Grantville, GA Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher
Amber-Nicole Watty, Grantville, GA, grade 12, wrote to Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why
Alexandra McLaughlin Read Alexandra’s letter Minneapolis, MN The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien
Alexandra McLaughlin, Minneapolis, MN, grade 12, wrote to Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried

National Honor Winners

Level 1: Level 2: Level 3:
Tekyiah Sandford - Winder, GA  |  Read letter Ian Tindel - Newhall, CA  |  Read letter Paw Soe - Fort Wayne, IN  |  Read letter
Ella Frantzen - Lafayette, LA  |  Read letter Abigail Taylor - Iola, KS  |  Read letter Ida Behreini - Bayonne, NJ  |  Read letter
Erica Langan - Cincinnati, OH  |  Letter withheld by request Everest Fang - Cottonwood Heights, UT  |  Read letter Lucia Hadella - Talent, OR  |  Read letter
Clare Doran - Seattle, WA  |  Read letter Sam Smith - Port Townsend, WA  |  Read letter Oliver Reed - Spokane, WA  |  Read letter