The New York Center for the Book is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Letters About Literature contest for New York State.
Level I – Grades 4 – 6
First place winner is Sal DiGuardia, who wrote to Cynthia Lord about her book Rules. Sal attends Jericho Middle School.
Second place winner is Zerrin Kamal, who wrote to Wendelin Van Draanen about her book Shredderman: Secret Identity. Zerrin attends Longwood Middle School in Middle Island, NY
Third place winner is Bhavya Gopinath, who wrote to Beverly Cleary about her book Beezus and Ramona. Bhavya is a 4th grader.
Level II – Grades 7 – 8
First place winner is Molly Clark, who wrote to John Boyne about his book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Molly attends Onondaga Hill Middle School in Syracuse, NY.
Second place winner is Alexandra Kung of Chappaqua, who wrote to Jennings Burch about his book They Cage Animals at Night.
Third place winner is Tristyn Mandel, who wrote to Jacqueline Woodson about her book Miracle’s Boys. Tristyn attends Great Neck South Middle School.
Level III — Grades 9 -12
First place winner is Marisa Hamel of Cortland, NY, who wrote to Sandra Cisneros about her book The House on Mango Street. Marisa attends Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.
Second place winner is Ivy Stevens, who wrote to Tamora Pierce about her Circle of Magic series. Ivy attends Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg.
Third place winner is Courtney Brown, who wrote to Ellen Hopkins about her book Crank. Courtney attends Webster Thomas High School in Webster.
For more information about the Letters About Literature program, see http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/