Dear Walter Dean Myers,
There have been times in my life when I've seen people acting tough or making mistakes and say "Wow, that's a bad person."
Your book, Me, Mop and the Moondance Kid changed how I think about people. Peaches, for instance, looks mean and angry all the time. But he's actually a really good person.
When I was about in the middle of the book, I started wondering: "What is the lesson of this book or is there a lesson?" I soon realized you were telling me: "Don't judge a book by its cover." Take Sister Carmelita. She makes a lot of clumsy mistakes, but you can still like her.
When a marble in a jar is different from the others, the jar doesn't break. None of the marbles fall out. It's just different.
I thank you Walter Dean Myers. You have forever changed the marble that is mine.