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Famed YA author walks hours across London to surprise bar mitzvah boy

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29.01.2021

London 8th grader Mossy Simonson recently got a surprise bar mitzvah gift he’ll never forget. On January 17, famed American author Kwame Alexander unexpectedly showed up at his door to personally wish him “mazel tov.”

It was a happy, socially-distance ambush planned by Alexander in response to a tweet by Mossy’s father Raymond Simonson about the impact Alexander’s books have had on Mossy.

“Dear @kwamealexander– my son is a white British Jewish 12yr old Londoner. I wanted to tell you how much your books[…]have touched moved him[…]The characters couldn’t be further from his life experiences, yet he identifies so strongly. We’re preparing for his Bar Mitzvah end Jan he’s just asked if he can include a reading from ‘Rebound’ in his service,” Simonson messaged.

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“I just happened to see Raymond’s tweet and was moved by it, and I try to surprise readers when I can. During the COVID lockdown I’ve been walking for exercise, so I made Mossy’s house my destination that day and walked the seven miles to get there,” Alexander told The Times of Israel.

Posted by Kwame Alexander on Sunday, January 17, 2021

Posted by Kwame Alexander on Sunday, January 17, 2021

Mossy and his family had no idea that Alexander had been living in London for the last couple of years.

“I was shocked and lost for words. I was so confused… It was just so unexpected. I assumed he lived in America. It was so nice that he walked two hours just for one person out of the millions who have read his books,” Mossy said.

Alexander, who writes mainly poetry, is the bestselling author of 32 books. He has focused on children’s and young adult literature since 2010, and won the 2015 Newbery medal for his middle-grade........

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