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Dear Mr. Henshaw



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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.

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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 number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school. He's lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief steals from his lunchbag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project. Naturally Leigh chooses to write to Mr. Henshaw, whose surprising answer changes Leigh's life.

IMPRINT HarperCollins   FORMAT
ISBN 0380709589   ISBN13 9780380709588
ON SALE 5/31/2000 PAGES 160
AGES 8 to 12 SIZE 5 1/8 x 7 5/8
PRICE US $5.99   PRICE CAN $7.99
GRL Q BISAC1 JUV007000
BISAC2 JUV013020 BISAC3 JUV039060
About the Author
Beverly Cleary
Photo By Alan McEwan

Beverly Cleary

About the Illustrator
Paul O. Zelinsky
Photo by Rachel Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky

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