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.

Topics: Divorce, Writing, Writers, Childhood, Coming of Age, Single Mothers, Teachers, Heartbreaking, First Person Narration, California, Epistolary Novels, Illustrated, and Dystopia

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061972157
List price: $5.99
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