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Decatur couple’s granddaughter wins statewide literature contest

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

A sixth-grader with Decatur ties took first place in a statewide literature contest that required students to write to the authors of books they’ve read.

Isabelle White, granddaughter of Tom and Becky Caddell of Decatur, won in her grade category in the Alabama Center for the Letters About Literature Contest. Isabelle, a student at The Altamont School in Birmingham, will attend a ceremony Saturday in Old Alabama Town in Montgomery.

Isabelle’s letter also will enter the national contest.

Target Stores and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress sponsor the contest for grades 4-12. Students write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how the author’s work changed the their thinking about the world or themselves.

Isabelle wrote to Joan Bauer, author of “Hope Was Here.” The book is about a girl named Hope who moves to a new town and loses a friend to cancer.

“This book taught me to cherish everybody and every little moment you have with them,” Isabelle wrote. “When you have time with a person, you want to make every moment count so if that person is gone, you still have great memories.”

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