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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
March 19, 2009

Letters About Literature New Hampshire 2009 Semi-finalists Have Been Selected

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target Stores and coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. To enter, young readers wrote a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers selected authors from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. There were three competition levels in the program: upper elementary, middle school, and secondary. The contest theme encouraged young readers to explore their personal response to a book and then express that response in a creative, original way.

This year there were 802 letters received from New Hampshire students. Fifty-five New Hampshire semi-finalists were selected across the three competition levels by a panel of judges working on behalf of the Library of Congress. These letters are being reviewed by a panel of judges here in New Hampshire who will select the winning letters for New Hampshire which will be announced at http://nhbookcenter.blogspot.com by the end of March. The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will award $100 to each first place winner. State winners will advance to the national competition where they could win a $500 Target GiftCard and a $10,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant for their community.

Congratulations to all the 2009 Letters About Literature New Hampshire semi-finalists!

  • Andi Fowler - Rye
  • Andy Carper - Hollis
  • Angelina Higgins - Lisbon
  • Avery Judd - Hanover
  • Brennan Young - Lee
  • Chris Walker - Portsmouth
  • Cole Williams - Hollis
  • Crystal Spaulding - Exeter
  • Curtis Fraser - Contoocook
  • Dan Lannan - Derry
  • Derek Roberts - Lisbon
  • Elizabeth Caverly - East Hampstead
  • Elizabeth Krogman - Dunbarton
  • Emily Willard Bailey - Lyndeborough
  • Emma Sosa - Durham
  • Emma Williams - Lisbon
  • Ethan Michaud - Milford
  • Greg Bernash - Gilmanton Iron Works
  • Hannah Rose Bush - Richmond
  • Heather Coen - Contoocook
  • Kristen Scarano - Nashua
  • Lauren Foster - Dunbarton
  • Lucia Lansing - Nashua
  • Megan Cullinane - Derry
  • Merisa Dion - Derry
  • Micaela Griffin - Hampstead
  • Michael Ramos - Marlborough
  • Michaela Dowling - Brookline
  • Molly E. Forgaard - Hollis
  • Nick Maccini - Pembroke
  • Nicole Andersen - Dunbarton
  • Nicole Wholey - Hollis
  • Olivia Black - Hollis
  • Peyton Plante - Pembroke
  • Rachel Hatch - Derry
  • Rhiannon Frizzell – Stratford / Bloomfield, Vt.
  • Samantha Hebert - Salem
  • Sarah Barnard - Hopkinton
  • Sarveen Shafiyan-Rad - Nashua
  • Samantha Watterson - Gilford

Please note that in addition to the students listed here, there were 15 other students honored as semi-finalists who had not given us permission to announce their names as of today.

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