Seven Northshore students named finalists in Washington State Library Literature Contest

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Seven Northshore students are state finalists in the Washington State Library and Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest.

Students wrote personal letters to their favorite author, living or dead, explaining how his or her work influenced their perspective on the world or themselves. Students wrote about fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

Northshore state finalists, grade level, school, chosen author and literary work:

Kayce Hsueh, grade 5, Crystal Springs Elementary School, author Andrew Clements,“No Talking”

Eilish Rhoades, grade 6, Shelton View Elementary School, author Jaqueline Sullivan,“Annie’s War”

Kendall Hawkins, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author David Peltzer, “A ManNamed Dave”

Ben Holmes, grade 7, Skyview Junior High School, author J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord ofthe Rings”

Jenaya McCann, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Lynne Cox, “Swimmingto Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer”

Madison Velasquez, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Jodi Picoult, “MySister’s Keeper”

Corey Willits, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Rick Riordan, “The Sun ofNeptune”

Nearly 100 schools, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs from around the state, submitted entries. The contest ran from September to January. This is the eighth year that the Washington State Library and the Office of Secretary of State have sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads, which highlights books about Washington or the Pacific Northwest.

The project is also sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


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