To millions of kids, the books they read are more than entertainment—they are mirrors to hold up to their own lives. And the creators of those books are more than just writers—they are mentors, confidants, friends, sometimes the only ones who understand. There is often an unspoken, unseen bond between an author and his or her readers. Dear Author: Letters of Hope brings this bond to light for the whole world to see and celebrate.
What better way to honor the relationship between writer and reader, fact and fiction, character and real kid than this compilation of letters, based on real fan mail to today's top YA authors, and the authors' reactions to that mail. Laurie Halse Anderson, Chris Crutcher, Jerry Spinelli, Christopher Paul Curtis, and many more respond to this intimate mix of heartbreaking and heartwarming letters-and the result is a real glimpse into the hearts of kids today, and the writers who have changed their lives. It's nothing short of inspirational.