I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, Liz Welch

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316241342
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 43,521
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Authors Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka met as pen pals in 1997.
Liz Welch is an award winning journalist and memoirist whose critically acclaimed first book, The Kids Are All Right, (Harmony 2009) co-authored with her sister Diana Welch, won an ALA ALEX Award in 2010. She is currently a contributing writer at Inc Magazine, where she writes a column about CEO's and their work habits. She has written investigative health and human-interest stories for women's magazines for more than a decade. Her work for Glamour Magazine has won many awards including an ASME and a National Press Club award in 2006 for a story on breast implants, a 2010 MAGGIE Award from Planned Parenthood for a story on abortion and a 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women's Political Caucus for a piece called Generation X about women who take prescription pills without a prescription. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Life, Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Real Simple, Self, Marie Claire and many others. The paperback version of The Kids Are All Right was released by Three Rivers Press September 2010.

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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! Definite read for anyone who likes a true, heartwarming story. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story! I loved this book, i finished it within one day, I just could not put it down. The bond between Caitlin and Martin was simply amazing and unbreakable. Everyone will enjoy this book, A great read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I truly enjoyed sharing this read with my son, it was both mind opening and inspiring and I would recommend it to many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was inspiring
Chichi96 More than 1 year ago
best book i have read in a long time maybe because it was so close to home . I'm Zimbabwean and i live in the united states as well now . so it was so fun to read book that i understood beyond depth and i could experience it all . I felt everything , so powerful and inspiring ! we need more YA book like this . That make you feel hopeful , kind and powerful for the good of others. This world isn't all abt partying , boys and girl drama . There is MORE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an emotional book filled to the rim of nerve breaking and heart warming actions as you learn how it was to grow up so far apart yet so close in heart. So as I read it I worried and got excited for them even years later after the book has been published it still gets to so many people and so many hearts to open someone’s mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to recommend this book to EVERYONE. Terrific story and great ending. Motivated me to do more charity work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most heartwarming story i ever read. Great for young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is compelling and will through you in for almost a roller coaster ride with twist and turns. And you will be non stop turning the pages of I Will Always Wright Back. Also, it sends a life message to kids and adults of all ages. I loved the book and will always cherish the true meaning of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I had a bit of trouble getting into the story, after a few chapters I was hooked. Looking forward to hearing how our middle schoolers relate to this story (it's on our city wide reading list). I adored the fact that these two are friends; not romantically involved as so many stories end. It made the story much richer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book to read to your children, many lessons people of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this. Made me cry at parts and I am not a crier. The book is extremely heartwarming and engaging and I love how they both were hard workers and wanted to make it on their own but needed support as well. There are a few curse words that Caitlin's friends say, like two or three in the whole book. Caitlin says one when she gets frustrated with everyone else's made-up problems (compared to Martin's and hers). Both kids (adults now) are very likeable because of how simple they see the world around them. It's around 400 pages but I read it in two days because the writing is very basic so everyone can read it. The writing flows so well that you never get bored. I pretty much think every middle schooler/high schooler should read it in America. It will help them see how much we have and how much we take for granted. And how we can help with what little we have to others who have nothing.
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EGStringerzoo More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. It was an extremely good read; I rarely speed through books like I did with this one. It was truly adorable and all the more so because it's a true story. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to give glowing praise for it to any who asked.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Even though it's YA, I think this heart-warming story will appeal to audiences of all ages: middle grade through adult. The writing is great: easy to read. At the beginning of 7th grade, Caitlin receives a pen pal from Zimbabwe. She has no idea how much those letters will change her life. Writing to Martin opens her eyes to the problems of the world. The small gifts Caitlin starts sending to Martin literally save his family. They are living in dire poverty in Africa. His father cannot even afford to send him to school at times. The conditions in Martin's city were almost unbelievable. I knew things could be bad in some parts of the world, but it was a little hard to fathom at times, especially when the bigger cities in Zimbabwe have wealth, the same as we have in America. This book is written in alternating chapters in Caitlin's and Martin's voices. Even though it's told from the present, they've written the chapters with their emotions and feelings from that time. It's technically a memoir, but it's written as a cohesive story. Snippets of their letters are included, but it's definitely more narrative than epistolary. Additional details of their lives are filled in beyond their letters too, which helps to flesh out the story. I was blown away by this story. Caitlin and her family (her mother especially) were such wonderful people. Martin was so determined and hard working. I really enjoyed reading about how the relationship between Caitlin and Martin developed over time. And it was interesting how Caitlin was impacted by their exchanges as well as Martin. I could not put this book down. I flew through it in two days, staying up 2 hours past my bedtime on the second night to finish it. I read this book for my family book club, with my niece and sister-in-law and some of their friends. I can't wait to discuss it and hear what other people think. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/05/book-review-i-will-always-write-back-ya.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really inspiring
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BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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How many pages are in this book so i know if i should read it or not to read and will i understand what i am readimg about and should little kids be reading and will the little kids understand and i need to know if there is any bad words in this book