We just read Dear Mr. Henshaw from the non-Ramona Beverly Cleary section of the yellow packet.
We chose this book because we like to read books written by letters. We also chose this book because it won the John Newberry Medal.
Dear Mr. Henshaw is about a boy named Leigh Botts who writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. Leigh writes about his life and some of Mr. Henshaw's books like Ways to Amuse a Dog, Moose on Toast, and Beggar Bears. Leigh also owns a diary which Mr. Henshaw tells him to pretend to write to him because Mr. Henshaw is busy. Leigh's parents had recently gotten in a divorce and Leigh is living with his mom in a small cottage next to a pinging gas station.
Leigh's dad is a trucker and Leigh's mom works for Catering by Katy on half-time. Leigh's dad takes Bandit, Leigh's dog, with him on his trucking adventures.
In school there is a Young Writers Yearbook and Leigh tries to get his story in first place. Will he win?
By Caroline and Sarah