Stories Told Through Letters

I love you, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it because it is a story told through a collection of letters that 10 year old Mamie Anderson sends to Michael Collins in 1969 as he prepares to go to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

What started out as a one-time class assignment of writing to the astronauts of Apollo 11, turns into a summer of writing to Michael Collins. She is the only kid in her class to chose to write to him. All the boys write to Buzz, because he is the best, and all the girls write to Neil, because he is the best. But Mamie is determined to show that the one who stays with the ship is the best. Through her funny and charming letters to Micheal, she tells him all about her life during the summer of 1969 and just how important it is for her to stay with her ship. The book is very well written and a quick read with a satisfying ending.

I am not sure what made me pick this book up off our new shelf, but I am glad I did. Since I was a child, I have found that I really like reading books in this format, so I was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through to see it was an epistolary story. If you would like to pick up a book in letter form, we have a great collection of them in the Children's Department.

Junior Fiction:

Dear Mr. Henshaw: In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Dying to meet you: Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive.

Love, Ruby Lavender: When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.

Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer: Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Picture Books:

The day the crayons quit: When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Click, clack, moo : cows that type: When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

XO, Ox : a love story An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same.

Dear Yeti: Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding. 

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