Presenting..."A Book That Shaped Me" Essay Contest

Petworth Library

Presenting..."A Book That Shaped Me" Essay Contest

Petworth Library's Winner: Olivia Renne!

Olivia winsCongratulations to Olivia Renne, Petworth Library’s winner of “The Book that Shaped Me” Essay contest! Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and DCPL, our writing contest required rising fifth- and sixth-grade students to craft a 500-word essay on a book that made an indelible impression on them.

Olivia wrote about Wonder, a highly praised new novel by first-time author R.J. Polacio. The story centers around "Auggie", a bright, funny and sensitive 10-year old boy with a severe craniofacial abnormality who tries to make the transition from homeschooling in his protective family environment, to the social pressures and pleasures that may await him in the fifth grade at Beecher Prep.

In her essay, Olivia wrote that Wonder reminded her of how important it is to be an understanding friend who is thoughtful of others’ feelings, regardless of any differences. Olivia also informed us that she intends to become a professional writer and has even started her own blog of book reviews. We think she's off to a great start in achieving her goal. Wouldn't you agree?

Petworth Library also sends up cheers for the additional 18 essay contest winners from our other DC library branches. Hooray, great job everyone! All contest winners received a certificate of special recognition and a gift card prize at a ceremony during the National Book Festival on September 23rd. Now, say "cheese" for the paparazzi everyone!