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Caitlin Alifirenka

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I Will Always Write Back!


The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in 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. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of--so she chose it.

Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty 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 letters. Their story will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.

The Assignment (due Friday, 9/6)

Part 1: Read I Will Always Write Back (GET THE BOOK HERE)

Part 2: Complete the ELA ASSIGNMENTS (Literary Terms, Character Traits & Pen Pal Letter on pages 3-7 of the packet)

OPTIONAL: Do the Filmmaker's Challenge or Artist's Challenge to show at Back to School Night!