In 2015, my seventh grade student was a semi-finalist in the Letters About Literature contest.
Read Taylor S.’s personal response to The Book Thief.
Excerpt: “Is death what we fear or is it the challenges of life? I’ve asked myself this question through this entire piece of literature. Death follows young Liesel Meminger through her life as they meet through death and tragedy. When young Liesel’s brother dies, she steals a book at the cemeterybecause it is all she has left to remind herself of her brother. I empathize with Leisel in this moment, having to cling on to something to remind you of the one you’ve lost. When I lost my grandfather, I felt that it wasn’t real. I told myself “this isn’t real.” As we went through his things after he died, I kept something of his: a box of army mementos. At the time I didn’t know what many of the things meant, but they helped me feel like he was still with me such as Liesel felt.”
In 2010 and in 2011, my sixth grade students won the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I were Mayor” contest. Typically, the Georgia Municipal Association gets 6,000 entries every year from the 12 districts in Georgia. For two years in a row, my students won for their district.