This book carries very many special memories for me. I read it for the first time exactly 5 years ago for 9th grade English class. I had been an aspiring writer with a burning, serious passion for writing novels, but I didn’t know what to write or where I wanted to go with my ideas — and this book completely changed me. Suddenly I had a genre to love, an author to admire, a series to obsess over, and my writing blossomed. I re-read it every spring to celebrate my anniversary of discovering true inspiration, the place I can continually return to if I need a reminder of how to do the writer’s craft. Thank you, Ursula K. Le Guin, for making me the writer that I am today, and for providing me with a role model for the kind of writer I hope to become. I love you!