Think of how you feel when you don’t fit in. It doesn’t feel good does it? Think of how you feel when you don’t think someone else fits in? Maybe you don’t even like someone and don’t care that they don’t fit in.
Lenny is a 9-year-old boy who doesn’t fit in. He’s very bright, but emotionally he really struggles. He gets in trouble with the teachers and a lot of the other kids don’t want to be around him. His home life isn’t good either. His Mom is emotionally distant, and his Dad left a long time ago.
The school counselor, Muriel, is the only person at his school who really seems to care enough about him to help him. With her encouragement, he finally meets a friend, Van. They become good friends, but there is foreshadowing that something is wrong with Van.
This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. It’s touching, heart-warming, hopeful, sad, and inspiring. Yes, it’s all those things. We all probably know a Lenny or two. Lenny’s Space will inspire you to be a more compassionate person.
Genre: Realistic fiction
Tags: school, friendship, single-parent family,
Series: This book is the fifth in the “Garfield Classics” series.
Kate Banks information: Kate Banks
A/R Reading level: 3.6
Interest level: Grades 3-7
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: This book is not at the Harvest Park Library. If you would like to buy it for the library, please follow this link: Harvest Park Library Amazon Associates link.
Link to the Pleasanton Public Library: Lenny’s Space by Kate Banks