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Hello!! Like many others, I wanted to write to you about how much you influenced my childhood. I read Ella Enchanted in fourth grade, and I remember reading the book during a fire drill, standing outside with my classmates. It was drizzling, and I hunched over to protect the pages. We weren’t allowed to talk, and I hadn’t been caught with my book. It was the part where Ella was going to the ball in disguise. I loved it so much!

I read as many books with your name on them as I could. I adored The Two Princesses of Bamarre. I read all of the princess stories, like Princess Sonora and the one with the girl on top of the glass mountain, and the girl named Parsley. Because of you, I wrote many stories about a girl named Gail and an incarnation of this character lives in every story I write.

I studied creative writing, but I don’t have a lot of time to write now because I am doing a masters in literary translation. It’s cool, but reading in another language is hard and not half as fun.

I am so grateful for your writing, and for the inspiration you provided. I hope you are well and that you write a million more books.
# 2802 - Samantha 05/19/2020 - 16:35 - City: Boise - State: ID - Country: USA
Hello Mrs. Levine,
I’m a high school senior who’s just graduated, and I just wanted to share the way your books have carried with me from my elementary school library, to the books I’ll be taking when I move out for college. When I was in third grade, I checked out Ella Enchanted from my elementary school’s library, finished it in three days, and begged my parents to buy the book so I could keep reading it over and over again. I read every book you had published, and then read them again. I always loved Ella Enchanted, and The Princesses of Bamarre in particular. Things in my life were starting to get very difficult and confusing, but I loved to imagine myself as Ella or Addie, finding strength and courage when I thought I had none left. When my confidence was low, I remembered Asa from Fairest, who found happiness without becoming beautiful. Fast forward to 2020, When the pandemic began, I felt lost once more, suddenly unsure of everything I thought I knew. As I was packing up some of my older books in preparation to move out this summer, I once again came across Ella Enchanted. I decided, with so much time on my hands, that it might be nice to turn to a classic. As I read Ella Enchanted, I once again found comfort in the idea that even in the face of uncertainty, I could still be a heroine in my own way. I then reread Fairest and The Princesses of Bamarre and found the same messages and comforts that I loved in my early childhood. It takes a great author to write books that bring the same joy no matter when, or during which walk of life they are read. Thank you for creating stories that comfort and uplift, from reading under covers past bedtime, to college prepping in a pandemic.
# 2801 - Eden Jensen 05/17/2020 - 23:31 - City: Farmington - State: Utah - Country: USA
Hi, I'm a big fan. I love your books and I just want to say thank you for bringing so much joy into our lives. I plan on entering the writing contest, so please wish me luck!
~Lanie
# 2800 - Lanie 05/14/2020 - 14:21 - City: - State: - Country:
Good morning, my name is Julia Jóźwiak, I almost 16 years old and I come from Poland. At first I was quiet sceptical about your guide (probably by my friend who doesn't like them very much) but it made a really good impression on me.

I already knew many things, somehow by myself, but I still feel like I've learned something new, even though I guess I just got to know the needs and some kind on rules in writing.

I was wondering, however, why did you mention these Polish writers from so many writers? And why my language and country in general? I feel terribly proud every time that I read that a foreign writer mentions my Little European country. By the way, I think I have a lot in common with you when it comes to writing style.

I also hope that in the age of the virus, you and your family feel good.

Greeting from my beloved Poland!
In Polish, it will be:
Pozdrawiam z mojej kochanej Polski!

Julia Jóźwiak (I know, my last name is strange and hard haha) ;-):-D
# 2799 - Julia Jóźwiak 04/30/2020 - 15:40 - City: - State: - Country: Polska
I first read Ella Enchanted in fifth grade. That was in 1998. I loved it at the time, but had no idea how it would stay with me. I just finished probably my twentieth or twenty-fifth reading; I usually pick it up about once a year to spend some time with Ella and Char again; their relationship is what brings me back to the story again and again. I get to see them fall in love every time. I still have my copy from fifth grade, although one of these days the binding is going to start dropping pages. Thanks for writing a book that speaks to eleven-year-olds and thirty-two-year-olds through a heroine we all aspire to be.
# 2798 - Katie Adams 04/27/2020 - 23:15 - City: Chicago - State: Illinois - Country: United States
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