I have to write a letter to Boo Radley in Jem's point of view. I need to write about a creative way in which I'm going to deliver the letter. Also, what should I write about to him, saying hi, inviting him to dinner, etc.

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There are a couple of scenes in the novel when Jem attempts to make contact with his reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley , by writing him letters. The first time Jem attempts to leave Boo Radley a letter, the children encourage him to come out of his home and have ice...

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There are a couple of scenes in the novel when Jem attempts to make contact with his reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, by writing him letters. The first time Jem attempts to leave Boo Radley a letter, the children encourage him to come out of his home and have ice cream with them. Unfortunately, Atticus prevents Jem from delivering the letter through Boo's window using a fishing pole. The second time Jem writes Boo a letter, he thanks him for leaving them small gifts in the knothole of the tree. Unfortunately, Jem cannot deliver this letter, either, because Nathan Radley fills the knothole in with cement.

Using Jem's previous letters and attempts to contact Boo Radley as examples, one could surmise that Jem's letter would be polite and inviting. Jem would most likely comment on his desire to meet Boo and would thank him for leaving them gifts in the knothole of the tree. Jem also might offer Boo a gift that would motivate him to leave the house. Since Jem's previous letters were rather short, Jem would probably stick to the point by briefly asking Boo to come outside and eat snacks or have dinner with them. Jem could even offer some of Calpurnia's famous homemade lemonade and crackling bread to entice Boo. Jem might also stick the letter on the back porch of the Radley home, since he knows how to navigate their backyard, or hoist Dill up to the windowsill at night to deliver it.

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You may want to consider using the letters that the children wrote to Boo as a starter for your own letter. Jem's first attempt at sending Boo a letter was intercepted by Atticus (in Chapter 5) when he caught the children trying to deliver it on the end of a fishing pole. It was dirty and wrinkled by the time Atticus retrieved it, but he was able to make out that they were asking Boo to come out and meet them. Jem told Atticus that

"We thought he might enjoy us..."

Jem and Scout tried to leave another note for Boo (in Chapter 7). They intended to thank him for the most recent gifts left for them in the secret knothole of th Radley oak. It went,

"Dear sir... we appreciate everything which you have put into the tree for us. Yours very truly..."

They signed it "Jem Finch", and "Jean Louise Finch (Scout)."

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