Dear Katherine Paterson,
WOW! Your book really made me think of my sister! When Leslie died, Jess's reaction reminded me of myself and the way I reacted. Jess taught me to move on and forget about my sister's death, but remember her spirit!
It's hard to forget the small things we've done together! Sometimes I wish that she was still alive! Jess made me realize that I'm not alone. Now I know that it's not bad to feel sad or crushed when someone dies. It's OK. It's normal.
Jess taught me that everything and everybody has a purpose. Leslie didn't just die. Maybe she was like an angel trying to tell people to use their imagination. Maybe she thought her job was done. Well, your book inspired me to read more and that there was no fault for my sister's death! A BIG thanks to you, Katherine!
Amber Joleen Harriet Downey!
Tikigaq School, Point Hope, Alaska
Teacher: Tammie Ennes