(Iowa Teen Award 2017-2018 nominee)
Book description from Amazon.com..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 even to receive a pen-pal letter. There were only 10 letters and 40 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.
My 25 cents...I really enjoyed this book. (Do NOT let the size of it discourage you. It looks long, but is a quick read!) It is the story of a lifelong, life changing friendship that started with a simple random penpal letter! The reader learns so much about the life in Africa that is not familiar to everyone. It wasn't always a smooth road for these two freinds on the opposite sides of the earth either. An added bonus is the real photos that the author included so we could see these two friends in all their friendship AND differences! It definitely made me thankful for what we have here in the US and more grateful for what we often take for granted: proper shoes that fit, clean drinking water at the turn of a knob, safe schools, etc.