Dear Mr. Henshaw

Paperback | May 31, 2000

byBeverly ClearyIllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky

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Beverly Cleary’s Newbery Medal-winning book explores the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy, Leigh Botts, in letter form as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw.

After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life forever.

From the beloved author of the Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse series comes an epistolary novel about life’s growing pains.

This novel supports the Common Core State Standards.

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The Newbery Medal-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw is popular American children’s writer Beverly Cleary at her finest: warm, witty and especially compassionate towards children ages eight to 12. Leigh Botts is an 11-year-old kid with problems -- like missing his beloved dog Bandit, a scary new school and coping with his parents’ divorce. But w...

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Beverly Cleary’s Newbery Medal-winning book explores the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy, Leigh Botts, in letter form as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Lei...

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Dear Mr. Henshaw,I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunchbag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school."Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's numb...

"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.32 inPublished:May 31, 2000Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380709589

ISBN - 13:9780380709588

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Story This story was so well written because it deals with problems real kids deal with. You feel hurt for the character Leigh Botts for all the trouble he goes through. It is very well written and deserved it's Newbery Medal!
Date published: 2000-08-26

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The Newbery Medal-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw is popular American children’s writer Beverly Cleary at her finest: warm, witty and especially compassionate towards children ages eight to 12. Leigh Botts is an 11-year-old kid with problems -- like missing his beloved dog Bandit, a scary new school and coping with his parents’ divorce. But when Leigh begins writing to his favourite children’s author, things start to get better. A moving look at the imaginative abilities children have to help cope with everyday problems.

Editorial Reviews

"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." (The New York Times Book Review)