Last week I received an envelope full of letters from students who had read my book Dragonkeeper. This wasn’t unusual in itself. From time to time, I get letters from kids who have read the book as a class, or whose teacher has read it to them. This collection of letters was different, because it took more than two years to reach me.
The students were from Kinglake West Primary School and the letters were written in November 2008. They were in an envelope all ready to post, but for some reason they were never posted. Then the Black Saturday fires went through Kinglake. The school survived, but the letters were lost and I can’t imagine what the community went through.
The teacher left the school. The letters were later found and the envelope passed on to someone, who passed it on to someone else. Eventually it was handed to my daughter Lili at a conference last week, and I finally got to read the letters and look at the pictures those students drew. I can’t write back and thank the kids for their letters, because they’d all be in high school now. So I thought I’d post some of their artwork here on my blog. And thank them that way. Better late than never.
Click on the thumbnails to see the full images.