Letters to Leo

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Annie Rossi never, ever thought her father would let her have a dog. But now that he's finally given in, she's found the perfect ear for the stories of her day. She just writes them in a notebook hidden under the bed and reads them to Leo in her soft night voice, like the one her mother used when reading to Annie at bedtime before she died. And Annie sure has a million stories to tell! There's mean Edward, who brags about his "noble goldfish" and gets her in trouble for accidentally lobbing a volleyball into his ...

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Overview

Annie Rossi never, ever thought her father would let her have a dog. But now that he's finally given in, she's found the perfect ear for the stories of her day. She just writes them in a notebook hidden under the bed and reads them to Leo in her soft night voice, like the one her mother used when reading to Annie at bedtime before she died. And Annie sure has a million stories to tell! There's mean Edward, who brags about his "noble goldfish" and gets her in trouble for accidentally lobbing a volleyball into his nose. There's her best friend, Jean-Marie, who ups and moves to New Jersey (and wants to borrow Leo for company!). There's the poem Annie writes about her mom, which Miss Meadows asks her to read for the class. And there's her professor dad, who is finally coming out of his shell, even though he is an elderly forty-year-old with a serious personality. Genuine and funny, Amy Hest's first-person narration revisits a winning young character as she takes on a new year - and a new dog - with humor, honesty, and resiliency.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Annie, first introduced to readers in Remembering Mrs. Rossi (Candlewick, 2007), lives with her dad in New York City and is now in fourth grade. Her new best friend, a floppy-haired puppy named Leo, is helping her cope with schoolwork, an icky boy, and a best friend who is moving away. She writes letters to him, and reads them to him at night. Through them, readers learn about her hopes and sorrows, many of which revolve around her widowed father. The epistolary format makes for easily manageable reading segments, good for those kids for whom reading is a struggle. Upbeat and chirpy, and decorated with lots of kid-style illustrations, Leo evokes empathy with a light touch.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Annie introduces new dog Leo to the Rossi household in a letter of welcome and decides to keep writing, and reading, secret letters to him. Youngsters who first met Annie in Remembering Mrs. Rossi (2007) will see that she is coming to terms with her mother's death. Episodes throughout her fourth-grade year are recounted in Annie's infectiously exuberant voice. The letters, interspersed with lists, rules, assignments and plenty of pencil drawings and doodles, will keep children, even reluctant readers, eagerly flipping the pages. Resilient Annie finds comfort with Leo: When she snuggles and reads her letters to him, Annie remembers her mother reading to her. Sometimes, in missives sure to have children giggling, Annie has to instruct Leo on how to be a Model Citizen by minding his elevator manners and not stealing slippers. Mostly, she shares her trials, revealing her annoyance with classmate Edward Noble; tribulations, outlining four school catastrophes in one day; and triumphs, expressing her excitement about favorite teacher Miss Meadows coming to visit the Rossis--after all, Annie's father needs a new friend…. With that last tidbit dangling, the author leaves readers begging for another installment about the Rossis. In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend--in other words, someone a lot like them. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Annie, first introduced to readers in REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI (Candlewick, 2007), lives with her dad in New York City and is now in fourth grade. Her new best friend, a floppy-haired puppy named Leo, is helping her cope with schoolwork, an icky boy, and a best friend who is moving away. She writes letters to him, and reads them to him at night...Upbeat and chirpy, and decorated with lots of kid-style illustrations, LETTERS TO LEO evokes empathy with a light touch.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend—in other words, someone a lot like them.
—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763636951
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 777,739
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hest, the author of many award-winning books for children, is a three-time recipient of the Christopher Medal and a winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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    I think this is a great book!  I recommend it to almost all girl

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