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Dear Gail Carson Levine,

I hope you and your family are well. I'm writing because I wanted to thank you for writing Ella Enchanted, Fairest, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Ever. My 5th grade English teacher assigned us Ella Enchanted and it kick started my entire love for reading and writing. I was sick for a couple of days and had a copy sent home with me so I could catch up. I proceeded to immediately read it from front to back twice in a sitting and borrowed a copy from my teacher until she had to return the class set to the library. Again, from a girl that didn't even like reading beforehand.
Shortly afterwards, I completely devoured The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Fairest, and Ever. Something about the way you write your heroines and construct your stories just unlocked something in my brain that I didn't know I needed as a kid. It set kind of a standard for a VERY long time for me. As a more literary savvy adult, I really appreciate just HOW you twist the fairy tale you're working with in your stories.
I am now an almost 30 year old and I still find myself coming back to those original cornerstone novels whenever I need a good pick-me-up and your latest novels like Ogre Enchanted and The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre. (I look forward to picking up a copy of Sparrows in the Wind in the near future.)
I hope I'm fortunate enough in the future to attend one of your book signings so I can potentially thank you in person and show you my lovingly worn copies. (I am HOPING that doesn't come off as creepy.)

Thank you again for the formative memories and kickstarting my love for books.

Kindest Regards,
Cassandra "Cassie" H.
# 2911 - Cassie H 12/09/2022 - 23:00 - City: Pleasanton - State: Texas - Country: The United States of America
Just finished "A Tale of Two Castles," loved it. I am a "mature" lover of all dragon books and this is one of the best. And---- about Count Jonty Um, a perfect phonetic spelling of gentilhomme, brilliant.
# 2910 - Lynne Owens 11/28/2022 - 13:32 - City: Tucson - State: AZ - Country: United States
Absolutely loved your pep talk letter on nanowrimo website!
Thank you!
# 2909 - Judith Jennings - 11/18/2022 - 22:14 - City: Largo - State: FL - Country: USA
Dear Gail Carson Levine,

I grew up on your books, my mother read every single one that was out at the time to me, and when I was older I began to devour them on my own. I am a junior in College now but every time I have a bad day or am stressed beyond what I can handle. Now as I am slowly becoming a teacher and writer I find that your books still hold magic that can not be found in other books I read at that time, the stories you have written have held my interest from the age of four to the age of twenty-one and will probably hold it for decades to come.

I don't know how to explain my love of the books or how Ella was my Halloween costume for years, or how when my toes got cold in winter I imagined myself like Aza or how when I fell in love for the first time I thought of Kezi and her own love.

Thank you for letting me live in the worlds you created,
# 2908 - Rowan Weaver 11/03/2022 - 13:44 - City: Missoula - State: Montana - Country: United States
Dear Gail Carson Levine,

Ella Enchanted was the first chapter book my grandmother read to me as a child. We both loved the humor and fresh take on a fairy tale. I lost my grandmother during the pandemic, and reread Ella Enchanted recently. It took me back to those days curling up on the couch with her and devouring a good read. I will forever be grateful for those memories.

I love how strong the voices are in your books. Ella made me feel like a smart aleck, clumsy girl could be the hero of a story. Thank you for writing heroines that are real and flawed and funny. I appreciate your words!
# 2907 - Ande 09/28/2022 - 14:03 - City: Fort Worth - State: Texas - Country: United States

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