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I Will Always Write Back

How One Letter Changed Two Lives

by Caitlin Alifirenka Author · Martin Ganda Author


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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 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 letters. Their story will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.

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Blackstone Publishing
Little, Brown Young Readers
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Liz Welch (Contributor)

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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Martin Ganda (Author)

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

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Caitlin Alifirenka (Author)

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

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Contributor :
Liz Welch
Narrator :
Emily Bauer
Author :
Martin Ganda
Author :
Caitlin Alifirenka
Narrator :
Chukwudi Iwuji
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