Chicago Tribune

A future astronaut, a daughter healing from loss win top honors from Library of Congress

Akosua Haynes, 10, wrote a letter to Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race," letting Shetterly know her book solidified Akosua's decision to become a NASA astronaut.

Rylee Paige Johnson, 13, wrote a letter to Gabrielle Zevin, author of "Elsewhere," thanking Zevin for helping her heal after the sudden death of her mother.

The letters - each a thing of beauty - were part of a Library of Congress writing contest that invites fourth- through 12th-graders to write to authors and let them know the impact of their work. Close to 47,000 students from across the United States entered this year's contest, which began a

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune5 min read
Chicago 'Black Girl Skate Crew' Offers Skateboard Sisterhood For Women Of Color And Queer Community
CHICAGO - Tuesday nights at Chicago skate parks are long, but exhilarating for the members of froSkate. It's boisterously energetic, but in a mellow, "do you" kind of way. Hugs and smiles go around equally to newcomers and regulars about as often as
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Cubs Lose To Reds 4-2 Despite 13 Strikeouts By Yu Darvish, Falling Into A Tie For The 2nd NL Wild-card Spot
CHICAGO - Yu Darvish discovered he had no margin for error Tuesday well before he embarked on one of his record-setting strikeout performances. Darvish was tagged for three runs in the first inning, which offset his 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to Son
Chicago Tribune2 min readPolitics
42 Million Frequent Flyer Points: The Feds Say A Chicago Travel Agent Fraudulently Gamed Delta's Program, Costing The Airline $1.75 Million.
A travel agent allegedly gamed Delta Air Lines' frequent flyer program designed for businesses, fraudulently accruing and redeeming more than 42 million points for flights and other benefits, according to federal prosecutors. Gennady Podolsky, 43, ma