I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
By Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda
Little, Brown and Company, 2015. 392
pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction
Caitlin, who was usually bored in school, was intrigued when
her teacher offered students a chance to write to pen pals. She drew the name
of a boy in Zimbabwe and immediately wrote to him. Martin, living in extreme poverty, could
barely afford the paper and stamps to write back but he did, promising his new
pen pal that he would always write back.
The alternating chapters of this book, told by Martin and Caitlin, show
how even a long distance relationship can change lives. Caitlin gradually comes to realize how very
poor Martin’s family is and decides to do something to help; Martin’s is amazed
and grateful for Caitlin’s friendship, and redoubles his effort to always be at
the top of his class and attend college. I highly recommend this wonderful book to adults and teens.