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Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
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Sep 23, 2011

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bookshelves: young-fiction
Read from April 22 to June 18, 2011

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly is a Newberry Medal winner about a boy named Leigh Botts that keeps writing his favorite author about writing, life and life. In the process he figures life out a bit and realizes that his life sort of stinks, but that's how life is.

I was sort of excited to read this book since I never read it as a kid, but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps because this idea of having parents being divorced, not fitting in, and finding your way through all that is not new to me, although it may have been when the book came out.

This would be a good read for someone younger going through sort of what Leigh is going through, but otherwise I found it sort of pathetic, especially how no one could find who stealing all those gooides out of the lunches. That was pretty frustrating. But how Leigh had grace for whoever stole it was amazing. Imagine that, an elementary school kid having that much grace.

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