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I Will Always Write Back

How One Letter Changed Two Lives

by Martin Ganda (Author), Caitlin Alifirenka (Author), Liz Welch (Contributor)

I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda (Author), Caitlin Alifirenka (Author), Liz Welch (Contributor) X
I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda (Author), Caitlin Alifirenka (Author), Liz Welch (Contributor)
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The 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 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 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.

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"Starred Review. 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." - Publishers Weekly

"A useful addition to most collections and an eye-opening look at life in another culture." - School Library Journal

"A feel-good, message-driven book that may appeal to adults more than teens." - Kirkus Reviews

"This compelling story of an unlikely friendship across continents will quiet your inner skeptic and inspire you to take a chance. Moving and uplifting." - Award-winning author and journalist Peter Godwin

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Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda met as pen pals in 1997 and are still best friends today.

Liz Welch is an award-winning journalist and memoirist whose critically acclaimed first book, The Kids Are All Right, co-authored with her sister Diana Welch, won an ALA Alex Award.

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