Congratulations to Victoria Adebiyi, a 9th grade Honors English student of Ms. Turner, who finished in the top 10 of the Letters About Literature Contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Victoria wrote a letter to author David Wong about his novel John Dies at the End. The Letters About Literature Writing Contest asks students to respond to the prompt: how did the author's work change your view of the world or yourself?
"Other people had told me about this book and said that it was funny and very interesting," Victoria said of her book choice. "When I read it made me realize things about death and consider how that relates to people in a way that I hadn't realized before. I really connected with the book and the message really resonated with me. My grandfather died when I was really young and I really didn't understand it. My family was really broken up, but I was kind of outside of that grief. When I read the book it made me rethink how everyone reacted and I realized how people deal with grief in different ways - just like the characters in the book reacted in different ways when faced with the death of someone close to them."