Brookline girl wins state literature competition

CONCORD – The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library announced the state’s three winners in the Letters About Literature competition.

Among the winners is Liliana Pistor, of Brookline. She will receive a $100 cash prize. Additionally, her letter was sent on as an entry in the national Leters About Literature competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress which is coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. To enter, young readers wrote personal letters to authors explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves.

This year, there were 50,000 Letters About Literature entries nationwide; 737 were from New Hampshire students. Judges selected 25 New Hampshire semifinalists across three competition levels: Upper elementary, middle school and high school. State winners were selected from this group of outstanding letters. A full list of the New Hampshire semifinalists is available at lal.nhbookcenter.org.

Upper Elementary winner Pistor, a sixth-grader at Capt. Samuel Douglass Academy, wrote to R.J. Palacio about her book "Wonder."

This competition level was judged in New Hampshire by teacher and librarian Nancy Keane and poet Seth Abramson. They commented: "She told of a girl in her class who is different. After she read ‘Wonder,’ she realized there was no reason to be afraid and she started taking to her. She discovered a funny, caring, kind person and became friends. This is just the impact that we hope literature will have on children."

National Letters About Literature winners will be announced in June by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For the full text of the winning Letters About Literature entries, visit lal.nhbookcenter.org.