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Authors; Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch
Okay, first off, this book is amazing. If you never read it, I don’t think I could be friends with you. 😉 Just kidding (or am I??)!
Anyways, here’s the book summary;
It all starts in a 6th grade classroom in Pennsylvania when the teacher starts handing out pen pal assignments. Caitlin Stoicsitz almost never volunteers information without being asked, and even surprises herself when she raises her hand to pick the country on the bottom of the list; Zimbabwe. She writes the first letter, mostly about herself and some questions for her pen pal.
The letter arrives in a classroom in Zimbabwe, where it meets the hands of Martin Ganda, top student in the school. Martin joyously reads the letter and writes back cheerfully.
The connection between these two young people continue, with Caitlin telling Martin everything. He writes back, always on her side. But he never tells Caitlin directly that Zimbabwe and his family is having trouble. Caitlin eventually finds out, and starts sending him money; just $20 from babysitting is all it takes for Martin’s family to keep him in school and keep their house! Caitlin continues to send money to Martin without her parents knowing. They soon find out, and begin to help Martin as well.
Caitlin and her parents send money and care packages to Martin and his family for a while. Martin then qualifies for a very good all-boy school in Africa. But he has bigger plans; America.
Caitlin and her parents work hard to get Martin a scholarship. Will they succeed? Find out yourself!
Now for my personal summary!;
I loved this book. It was so inspiring and emotional. A ROLLER COASTER! But it was amazing. So far, I have read only one book in the world better than this book (trust me, guys, I read A LOT); Harry Potter, but I am a Potterhead, so that’s expected. 🙂 I was only disappointed by the fact that they didn’t give a full epilogue about how their lives turned out! There was a small epilogue about Caitlin’s wedding, but that’s about it.
Over all, I would give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Sexual content; none
Violence content; reference to the Twin Towers incident, reference to bombing in Zimbabwe
Drug/Alcohol content; reference to alcohol through Martin’s father
Until next time,