• Todd Strasser

A Teacher's Letter About If I Grow Up

Hi, Mr. Strasser. I just want to take a moment to THANK YOU for writing If I Grow Up.  In the twelve years that I have been teaching, there has never been another book more loved by my students than yours.   I teach in a wealthier part of town; however, we also participate in a desegregation program.  We have students from the city who are bussed into the county.  Many would guess that it would be these students' favorite and theirs alone; however, so many of my students from various backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and religions say that they adore the book and cannot stop reading it.  In fact, I cannot even tell you how many students have told me that this is the first book they have finished in years and that they actually finished it prior to the due date because they could not put it down. Lastly, when they mournfully come to the end, they always ask these two questions: (1) Is there a movie? (2) Is there a sequel? With that said, I just want to say THANK YOU one more time because this book has changed the lives of so many students.  Those who have never enjoyed reading are reading, and those who lost their love of reading are reading again.  And that's a pretty darn beautiful thing! Have a wonderful day,

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