A few weeks ago, a mother wrote to Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway asking to source a signed copy of The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde for her son, who had been reading and loving the book. Patricia not only sent him the signed book, but also included a birthday card, because that’s just the kind of person she is. Patricia received this letter in return, which we’ve published here with Cole’s and his mum’s permission. Thank you Cole! Readers like you are why we do what we do.
Dear Patricia Forde,
No harm. Thank you for the signed book and card that you sent for my birthday. The book was special but the card made it even more special.
Your book was amazing because it made me understand how important words were and how people in power use their power to control everyone. Also it got through to me on a different level than just a normal story and made me understand how important human rights are. There’s no way I would have been as brave as Letta or have realised what Noa was trying to do. I was so excited at some points that I got up in the middle of the night to share my ideas with my mum and dad so they eventually read it too.
Over all I think my favourite scene was p.200-204 (the part where they’re preparing themselves for the fight to come). This to me felt a really significant point in the book because it just shows that they’re prepared and not going to wimp out and it’s about taking power, not just being under Noa’s command.
I’ve recommended the book to some of my friends and told the librarian about it so she would recommend it too. I really hope you write a sequel.
Cole (aged 10)