Section 4 Summary

Sophomore Year: Spring 1996

The students’ letters to Zlata point out to her the similarities of their two worlds (dodging gunfire, friends getting killed), despite the fact that in America there is no war, at least no declared war. Ms. Gruwell is so impressed with her students’ voracious reading and their compelling letters that she types them and binds them in a book. It is a tragedy that these young people feel as if they are living in a war zone. Though she does not know if it is even possible for Zlata to come, Ms. Gruwell does know Zlata must read her students’ letters and she begins to do her part. The letters are sent, and Ms. Gruwell calls in all her concierge favors (from her night job at...

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