The true story of an
all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in Zimbabwe and the
letter that changed both of their lives forever
It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class
wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids
picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written
on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of—so
she chose it.
Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There
were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student,
so he got the first one.
That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that
spanned six years and changed two lives.
In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount
how they became best friends—and better people—through letters. Their story
will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world
at large and their place in it.
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