Dear Sarah Weeks,
When I first started reading your book, Jumping the Scratch, pictures and thoughts raced through my mind. It brought deep feelings of sadness and sympathy for Jamie when he lost his father and cat. I found out that I should take everything dear to my heart. If I don’t, it might be gone tomorrow like Jamie’s dad.
This book brought up sad memories of when I was seven and my dad died. I know it was a long time ago, but it still felt like he left us. I know he didn’t leave us for another woman like Jamie’s dad did. Jamie had to hold in so many feelings it seemed like absolute torture. This book changed me by teaching me it was okay to show and tell people your feelings. Since my dad was gone, I felt like I needed to be strong and show no emotion what-so-ever. As I read this book I was reminded how to laugh and cry and everything in between. I’m working harder on relaxing and not being uptight so people won’t see me like they see Jamie an outcast. Now instead of not thinking twice about people who are in gangs and those who are homeless, I really think about how I could and can make a difference like putting in money or food towards helping them.
I would like to thank you for turning me from an uptight sour person to a more relaxed, carefree person who is a lot nicer, too. These changes have made it easier for others to be my friends and not try to avoid me all the time like they used to. I hope people take the time to read this book and see the bigger meaning to it, which is that if someone has done something to you it’s not your fault and you should tell an adult. I hope the meaning will change kids like it changed me.