Monday, October 5, 2015

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

Tate P. Ellerbee must choose a pen pal for her assignment at school, but she chooses someone who may seem like an unlikely match for a 10 year old girl.  She chooses Hank Williams who is on the radio, and she feels a strong bond with.
Tate has a lot to say as she puts her feelings into the letters to Hank Williams.  She begins on a surface level, but after time, she shares with him her innermost thoughts.
This may not sound like an exciting book or one that would grab the attention of a middle school student, but if that is your thought, you would be wrong.  Tate has quite a few issues that are filling her mind, and the author does a superb job of revealing each of the issues one at a time so that you can fathom what she must be feeling and experiencing.  The entire book is written in the letters, and it is cleverly written so that you will want to keep reading until you find out all of her secrets.  Tate is a likable and believable character.  Catch this good read while you can.

Not sure who Hank Williams is?  Watch this video of one of his songs.  Funny thing, I read The Outsiders again recently, and he was in that book, too.

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