The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library has announced semifinalists for the 2015 Letters about Literature competition.

This year, 68 semi-finalist letters were selected out of 776 received from New Hampshire students. Winning letters from three categories -- upper elementary, middle school and high school students -- will be selected and announced at the end of April. The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will award $100 to the first-place winner in each category. State winners will advance to the national competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. To enter, young readers wrote a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers selected authors from any genre: fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The contest theme encouraged young readers to reflect on their personal response to a specific book and to write a persuasive letter explaining how the book connected to their own experience.

The 2015 Letters About Literature area semi-finalists are: Christopher Hopp of North Haverhill; Delia Carstens of Whitefield; Eliza Rae Thayer of Haverhill; Madison Opalinski of Franconia; and Marian Zens of Lyme.


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