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Advancing letter writers include, front from left, Samantha Foltz, Emma Thompson, Shelly Fanaselle and Emilee Freeman; back from left, Casey Paskey, Antonio Valdez, Adam Alinder, Natalie Roth and Maddy Schiller. Taylor Bunker was also one of the advancing writers, but she has since moved to Bismarck, N.D. The 10 eighth graders wrote letters to an author about a book that had inspired them and were 10 of 55 Minnesota students whose letters advanced to the third round. Unfortunately none of them placed, bu...

Students provide Letters about Literature

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Julie Bartley's eighth grade class is producing quite a few good writers.

Last November, 116 of her students submitted Letters about Literature, letters to authors talking about why a certain book inspired them. The nationwide contest had about 70,000 participants, of which 1,793 were from Minnesota.

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