Dear John Flanagan,
In seventh grade, I had a horrible year. Kids around me wouldn't be quiet and we could never get any work done. The one thing I looked forward to was reading in class during the chaos and all the drama of school. The one thing I needed was family, not just my parents and siblings, but those who were outside of my natural family that I could call brother or sister or friend.
Your books were amazing. I waited until the next one would come out and the next. I always thought that they were just adventurers of Will and his friends. Once I read the eighth book, The Kings of Clonmel, I realized something. I was in homeroom of my new school, and the epiphany hit me, this was much more than the tale of the orphan Will. This was a story of friendship, family, and love.
Sure there is the cool stuff, archery, tracking, and the other ranger aspects, but this book finally made me see the aspects that are there to teach us. Will sees Halt as a father and Horace sees as an uncle. The love each other as family, even though they aren't related, this made me feel what they feel, towards each other. I felt this way to the people who made me feel like I was contributing to something.
You are nobody without family. Who is your family? It's not just your parents and siblings, but those individuals who care for you, and love you. I finally saw it; anyone can be family as long as there is a mutual love, respect, and support. Coming from a horrible school where nobody was family, most were my enemies, and then ending up in a new world of full submersion into a new social hierarchy. I finally had the chance to choose my family and no one had yet to make assumptions about me, a new school where people hadn't disliked you since you were little, so you can make a new image of yourself. I now see that you may have enemies along the way, but in the end, coming out with family, that it is better to be at the top with nobody to love, than to be living in a world of darkness surrounding you at every turn.
And I ventured on towards the lands of my new middle school. My brain was my bow and arrow, with the knowledge to find those who I could relate with and be family with. I watched in the shadows for those people, I gained intelligence on what path I should take: The most astounding thing I found out was... That I could fit in with many people. Now I had to act swiftly, and that is what I did. I made friends in all groups, the smart, the athletic, the normal, and any group I could find where I could belong. But always at the center of my inner group would be the friends that I met the first faithful day of school. Those kids, with hope, will turn into Ia mia famiglia, my family, my inner most sanctum. I must say your books have brought out my most social energetic side, when I see someone reading your books, I say "Good book, and pay attention to what it's saying