Congratulations to the winners of the Tosa’s All-City Read A Man Called Ove-inspired Essay Contest and Visual Arts Contest.



In A Man Called Ove, a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Considering this year’s theme of “neighbors,” contestants were invited to write about their own personal neighbor stories—either actual or fiction. The Contest was open to Wauwatosa residents and students who attend a Wauwatosa public or private school. Prizes were given to winners in four categories:

Grades 3-5 Prizes: First – $30, Second – $20
Grades 6-8 Prizes: First – $50, Second – $30
Grades 9-12 Prizes: First – $75, Second – $40
Adult (18+) Prizes: First – $100, Second – $60

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

High School

Adult (18+)


Artists were asked to create an original visual response to the themes in the story using any medium, including paint, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. Response were to incorporate at least one of the following themes (grief, aging, order vs. disorder, community, diversity, destiny, acceptance, change) and one or more plot elements (a happy memory, a tragic accident, a colorful neighbor, a misfit, a solid structure, a stray cat, cars and/or train, Swedish and/or Persian culture).

Grades 3-5

First prize: Sophia Sherry (Madison Elementary), “Untitled”


Grades 6-8

First prize: Madaline Kachelski (Longfellow), “On the Front Porch”
Second prize: Anna Krupka (Crist King), “A Happy Walk with My Dog

On the Front PorchA Happy Walk With My Dog

High School

First prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East) “Older”

Second prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East) “Okay”

Older Okay


First prize: Jill Bylow Mickey, “Brittany’s Ghost Bike”

Second prize: Sarah Hunt-Frank, “Great Grandpa’s House”

Brittany's Ghost Bike The Artist's Statement Great Grandpa's House