Dear Mr. Henshaw

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Beverly Cleary

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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.

Book Review

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

"Cleary succeeds again. [Her] sense of humor leavens and lightens ..."-- School Library Journal

"Capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic."-- Kirkus Reviews"

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up. Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback, 160 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780590687270

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