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Beverly Cleary's novel, Dear Mr. Henshaw, tells this story through the letters of Leigh Botts, a young man living in California. The first part of the book details Leigh's letters to a children's author, Boyd Henshaw, which reveal his sensitive nature and the problems he has as he grows from a childish second grader to a maturing fifth grader. The remainder of the novel is told through Leigh's diary entries while in the sixth grade. Leigh deals with parental problems (they divorce) and a move to a new town as well as the normal social and school anxieties, particularly that of a lunch box thief.