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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Cleary Narrator: Pedro Pascal Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leigh Botts Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A first-rate, poignant story...a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] poignant story.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This amusing, often touching series of letters from Leigh Botts to a children’s book author he admires again demonstrates Cleary’s right-on perception of a kid’s world.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cleary succeeds again. [Her] sense of humor leavens and lightens.” 

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1984 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 1984 Christopher Award
  • An 1983 ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A 1983 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 1983 New York Times Notable Book for Children
  • Winner of the 1985 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Theresa | 2/1/2014

    " A good book for a 8-12 year old boy who is missing his father due to a divorce. In this story Leigh(boy) longs for his father to call him and want to take him somewhere after the divorce of his parents. In place of his father, he writes to Mr. Henshaw an author who responds to Leigh's needs through letter writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda Alanis | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book, which is interestingly in letter format. Leigh Botts wants to be an author when he grows up. He wants to achieve his dream and even writes to his favorite author through mail and postcards. Leigh expresses his tragedies in his life to Mr. Henshaw. The theme in this book is hope, even if you are going though tough times in life and come across many obstacles you can still be what you want to be or achieve your dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mandy Kolata | 1/14/2014

    " This is a book that I really enjoyed reading because I love the voice ans style it is written in and most of all, I love the main character who seems like he could easily be one of my students. The story begins when the main character is in second grade and assigned to write a letter to an author. Unfortunately, Leigh chose the author who decided to ask questions about Leigh rather than answer the questions Leigh asked - and Leigh's mother makes Lee answer them all! Although he is frustrated that his mom is making him do extra work, he actually begins to enjoy writing to his pen pal- after all, the tv is broken anyway. Because of the sincere first-person voice throughout the story, readers develop a strong relationship with Lee. They experience his frustration as someone steals from his lunch, they want to keep Leigh company while his mom works two jobs so they can live in their house, and they hope for Leigh's dad and dog to come visit and bring a little bit of sunshine to his life. Most of all, they want to continue reading to find out if the author ever writes back to Leigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 1/4/2014

    " When I was little, this book inspiried me to continue working toward my dream of becoming a writer. =) Now that I'm older, it's still one of my favorite books. It's such a great story of strength, hope, and being who you are. "

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