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I Will Always Write Back

How One Letter Changed Two Lives

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The New York Times bestselling true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place.
Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.

That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 16, 2015 – In 1997, a 12-year old girl from Hatfield, Pa., and a 14-year-old boy from Mutare, Zimbabwe, began a pen-pal relationship. In alternating chapters, Alifirenka and Ganda recount how their mutual curiosity led to an increasingly honest, generous correspondence. Martin loves receiving Caitlin's photo, but when she requests one in return, "My heart went from sprinting to a standstill." He sends her the only photo his family owns. Hearing BBC accounts of Zimbabwe's political and economic turmoil alarms Caitlin, but a letter written on a popsicle wrapper shocks her: "I gasped. My friend was writing me on trash." She begins to send him her babysitting money which Martin's family uses to buy food and to pay school fees and rent and Caitlin's family eventually decides to sponsor Martin's education. Sensitively and candidly demonstrating how small actions can result in enormous change, this memoir of two families' transformation through the commitment and affection of long-distance friends will humble and inspire. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

Extremely a good read

As a girl that had several pen pals this book sounded interesting.

It is very well written and draws you along in Caitlin and Martins life and story they are 2 amazing people who come from Amazing families.

Must Read - young adults and adults too

As an adult reading this heart-warming story, it makes me realize how a big world-view can change lives everywhere. The love that two pen pal strangers were able to share and extend to their families is eye-opening. There's so much good that can be done through simple contact and understanding. Hooray for Liz Welch for bringing this story forward. Everyone would benefit from reading it and embracing its message.

I Will Always Write Back

It was a well written book and an inspiring story and I could not put it down!!!

I Will Always Write Back
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 7-17
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Studies
  • Published: Apr 14, 2015
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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