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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.
©2015 Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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By Tina on 03-19-17

Got a pen pal?

I love writing letters and this story is a continuation of the wonderful feelings that happen when pen meets paper.

Caitlin and Martin are joined through the post and share their lives with each other. Caitlin slowly learns that what she has taken for granted is a tremendous excess in Martin's life. Her dollar sent as an example of US currency will buy a soda at the mall, for Martin it fed his family for 2 weeks.

Their bond grows and grows as they teach each other about hard work, compassion and empathy. Each one of us knows we have a great friend when we are inspired to be better in our own lives.

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By Annie on 10-03-17


Amazing story! Inspiring, sweet, makes you see the beauty in people.
Caitlin's voice is a bit annoying. She talks like a 12-year-old throughout the book even though she is 17 at the end. In spite of this one flaw, the overall book still deserves at least five stars.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Patricia taylor on 09-10-17

I will allways write back

what a fantastic story,the narration brought the characters to life didnt want story to end.

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