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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary

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ISBN 10: 068802405X / ISBN 13: 9780688024055
Published by William Morrow, US, 1983
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Pictorial matte boards, patterned eps. A Weekly Reader book. Complete number line. Name plate is a bit scuffed where name was erased. Moderate bumping, edge and shelf wear. Pages normally tanned. Clean, straight and tight. A nice copy. None of my books are ex-library, remainders or bce unless specified. Bookseller Inventory # 001869

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Title: Dear Mr. Henshaw

Publisher: William Morrow, US

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Newbery Medal Winner * Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children * ALA Notable Children’s Book

Beverly Cleary’s timeless Newbery Medal-winning book explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy 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 how to navigate and heal from life’s growing pains.

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When, in second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book, he never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later. And he never imagines the kinds of things he'll be writing about:

Dear Mr. Henshaw, I am sorry I was rude in my last letter... Maybe I was mad about other things, like Dad forgetting to send this month's support payment. Mom tried to phone him at the trailer park where, as Mom says, he hangs his hat.
It's not easy being the new kid in town, with recently divorced parents, no dog anymore, and a lunch that gets stolen every day (all the "good stuff," anyway). Writing letters, first to the real Mr. Henshaw, and then in a diary to a pretend Mr. Henshaw, may be just what he needs.

This Newbery Medal-winning book, by the terrifically popular and prolific Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Runaway Ralph), exhibits a subtlety and sensitivity that will be appreciated by any youngster who feels lonely and troubled during the transition into adolescence. Winner of numerous other awards, including two Newbery Honors, Cleary teams up with Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky, who creates a quiet backdrop for the realistic characters. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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