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I wanted to read a few novels told entirely in letters,  :writing3 and wondered if anyone here had some favorites? Either kidlit or adult?

Thank you!  :thanx:
#1 - March 03, 2013, 08:15 PM
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This one is not totally all letters, but fairly close - Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.  One of my special favorites.
#2 - March 03, 2013, 08:19 PM

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I recommend Jaclyn Moriarty for YA/upper MG - Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments (aka Finding Cassie Crazy). Funny and smart. I love Jaclyn's voice. 
#3 - March 03, 2013, 08:21 PM

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Adult novel that is absolutely fantastic :  The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society.
#4 - March 03, 2013, 08:36 PM
Legend of The Beaver's Tail '15
Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts,  '16
Moo La La! Cow Goes Shopping, '17
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It's old, but I love it. Daddy-Long Legs, by Jean Webster. There's a sequel of sorts (companion book, really) called Dear Enemy.
#5 - March 03, 2013, 09:08 PM

I've recently read "84 Charring Cross Road"about correspondence to a book store.
Thought it was an interesting read.    :snowman2
#6 - March 03, 2013, 09:22 PM

Wow you guys are great! Thanks for all the suggestions!
#7 - March 03, 2013, 11:44 PM
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Another Newbery winner told entirely in letters is "A Gathering of Days." Wait I can't remember if it's letters or diary entries... Well it's a great book!
#8 - March 04, 2013, 12:08 AM

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Sorcery & Cecilia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer is one of my favorites (it was actually written as an exchange of letters between the two authors!). I didn't love the sequels as much but there are two of them. It's upper MG (I think) and Regency-era England with magic. Delightful!

An adult epistolary novel I loved for its cleverness and themes is Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. It's a series of letters from a girl living on a fictional island off the US coast where a totalitarian regime takes over and starts banning the use of certain letters of the alphabet.
#9 - March 04, 2013, 03:31 AM
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Dangerous Liaisons, so damn good.
#10 - March 04, 2013, 05:22 AM
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Pamela -- the one that started it all.
#11 - March 04, 2013, 06:41 AM
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Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock! Fabulous art and words and calligraphy. Just love his work.
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#12 - March 04, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Adult novel that is absolutely fantastic :  The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society.

Yesss! I second this! Fantastic book!
(Also, did you know she's the same person who writes the IVY AND BEAN series? Gotta admire the range of her talents.)
#13 - March 04, 2013, 02:10 PM

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Another vote for Daddy Long Legs!
#14 - March 04, 2013, 02:40 PM

'So Much to Tell You' and 'Letters From the Inside' (both by John Marsden) are epistolary YA books I devoured as a kid. From memory, the former is presented as diary entries and the latter is letters.
#15 - March 04, 2013, 03:52 PM
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is told entirely in diaries, letters, and news clippings. And such a creepy book!
#16 - March 04, 2013, 04:04 PM
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Same Sun Here"--recent, and middle-grade. Good book.
#17 - March 04, 2013, 05:36 PM
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Anne of the Island isn't entirely epistolary, but there are lots of letters to Gil (and a few others, I think...) in it. LM Montgomery also has a collection of short stories called Across the Miles that is all letters.
 
p.s. Daddy-Long-Legs is a super fun read.
#18 - March 04, 2013, 05:46 PM
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The Headmaster's Papers by Richard Hawley. Very powerful. it may be out of print, though.
#19 - March 04, 2013, 08:34 PM
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I'm surprised no one mentioned "Catherine, Called Birdy" which was a Newbery Honor book. Great historical fiction told entirely through journal entries. A debut novel and the author was 50 when she wrote it. Won the Golden Kite.
#20 - March 04, 2013, 08:39 PM
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WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE isn't 100% epistilary, but much of it is. It's a scathingly funny adult novel set in Seattle, The author, Maria Semple, used to write for Arrested Development.
#21 - March 04, 2013, 10:27 PM
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Another vote for Guernsey Literary Society -- it's a great listen, too, on audio if you like books on tape.
#22 - March 05, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a YA in which a 16-year-old girl is kidnapped and writes letters to her captor about the experience.
#23 - March 05, 2013, 11:43 AM
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I loved Guernsey Literary Society! And somehow it sent me in search of Daddy Long Legs  - which was wonderful as well.  I keep looking for copies of both at local used book stores - they are ones I will read again and again!

Another vote for Dear Mr. Henshaw as well.

Happy reading!
Cindy
#24 - March 05, 2013, 11:52 AM

Dangerous Liaisons, so (word censored) good.

I'll second this one! (also known as Les Liaisons Dangereuses) :yup

#25 - March 05, 2013, 02:39 PM
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Dear Mr. Sprouts by Errol Broome-- I absolutely loved that book in late grade school/ middle school.

And yes, Daddy Long Legs and The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society both rock as well.
#26 - March 05, 2013, 03:56 PM

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Ooh, another vote for Sorcery and Cecelia...and, alas, agreement that the two sequels don't live up to the delight of the first.
#27 - March 05, 2013, 04:04 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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BBer Megan Crewe's THE WAY WE FALL is all in letters from the MC to a boy in NYC.
#28 - March 05, 2013, 05:08 PM
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From (one of) my very favorite kids lit authors, Jacqueline Woodson: Peace, Locomotion. It's a fast read, and oh-so-good!

There is also a book that comes before this that is all poetry called Locomotion.
#29 - March 06, 2013, 11:44 AM

I was going to recommend Griffin and Sabine until I saw Vijaya mentioned it - so allow me to second her recommendation!  :)
#30 - March 07, 2013, 03:31 AM
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