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

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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.
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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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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 14, 2015
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Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Young Adult Nonfiction / People & Places / Africa
Young Adult Nonfiction / Social Topics / Friendship
Young Adult Nonfiction / Social Topics / Homelessness & Poverty
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