I Will Always Write Back

  • by Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch
  • Narrated by Chukwudi Iwuji, Emily Bauer
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 even to receive a pen-pal letter. There were only 10 letters and 40 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 listeners to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.


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Customer Reviews

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inspiring story

Got completely caught up in the story. It makes me want to 1. get a pen pal 2. write an actual letter and send it to someone 3. learn about a culture/country I know little about.

Our middle school book club is reading it. Students are loving it.

The voice for Caitlin, however, did not match the character for me. It did interefere some at first.
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- Laura Silver

What a treat!

A beautiful, captivating and truly motivating story! Keep your eyes on the prize for sure.
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- Shamara Ijames

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio