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Sophie Muir wrote to Anne Frank, author of Diary of a Young Girl.
Dear Anne Frank,
While reading Anne Franks Diary of a Young Girl, a lot of many different emotions came to me, emotions that I never really felt before while reading a book. I felt happiness, sadness, fearfulness, and surprisingly, I felt a lot of greediness toward myself. Sitting in bed at night when everyone else was sleeping, I read your book. Page by page I fell in love with it.
While reading your book, tears fell from my eyes, but not long after your cheerful words brought a big smile back to me. Your diary showed me that I am a very lucky girl and that I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I honestly don’t really know how to explain my reaction to your diary, I was basically just so shocked about the tragedy in your life, and also amused by your happy and young words. I enjoyed reading about life in hiding, and I am very surprised about how quiet you had to be. I am so loud and obnoxious, that I would not last one day in there! After finishing your diary, I was desperate to go to Holland and see what was left of the annex where you lived for many years, but I never got to go to Amsterdam to see it, but it is definitely on the top of my “places to go before I die” list.
My mum was the person who introduced me to your diary. She said that your book touched her and she hoped that I would be touched by it too. I did get something out of your book, and I am so glad that I read it. I also felt related to all of your problems growing up. I thought that it was so interesting that we live in such different places and live in different times, and I can still relate and feel connected what you are saying. Not only did I get lessons out of your book, I also got tips on how to grow up and I learned that sometimes it can be difficult.
Your diary was almost like a comfort blanket. When I was reading your book I forgot all about the other bad things, it was almost like your book created a bubble around me, and no one could break it. The most valuable lesson I got from the book was to be appreciative of what you have because other kids don’t get treated as well as me. So next time I complain about not getting the littlest thing, I will remember your diary, and I will appreciate what I have.
Sophie Muir, Grade 6
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