Dear Mr. Henshaw
Author: Beverly Cleary
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
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 my Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Some on Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school."
1984 Newbery Medal Winner! After his parents separate, sixth-grader Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. H struggles to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, a cross country trucker. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter writing project and Leigh chooses his favorite author since second grade, Boyd Henshow. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life. A powerful, moving tale that explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy. Ages 8-12. 134pp.