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by Sharon Creech

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Leo's papa stood in the doorway, gazing down at him. "Leo, you make gold from pebbles," and the way he said it, Leo could tell that this was a good thing.

He may have been given a bit part in the school play ... but Leo dreams he is the biggest star on Broadway.

Sure, his big, noisy family makes him feel like a sardine squashed in a tin ... but in his fantasy he

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Leo's papa stood in the doorway, gazing down at him. "Leo, you make gold from pebbles," and the way he said it, Leo could tell that this was a good thing.

He may have been given a bit part in the school play ... but Leo dreams he is the biggest star on Broadway.

Sure, his big, noisy family makes him feel like a sardine squashed in a tin ... but in his fantasy he gets all the attention he wants.

Yes, his papa seems sad and distracted ... but Leo imagines him as a boy, tap-dancing and singing with delight.

That's why they call Leo "fog boy." He's always dreaming, always replaying things in his brain. He fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. As an actor in the school play, he is poised and ready for the curtain to open. But in the play that is his life, Leo is eager to discover what part will be his.

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Twelve-year-old Leo carries an indelible, slightly odious nickname: Sardine. In his day-to-day life, he often feels squished within a tin. In his fantasies, though, Leo is no sardine. He soars with dreams, replays memories, and speculates about who he could become. Rehearsing for the school play serves as both catharsis and meditation for this shy, introspective boy. This charming, ultimately cheering book by the author of Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer is a good pick for reflective, slightly timid young readers.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.85(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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By Sharon Creech

Joanna Cotler

ISBN: 0-06-054019-2

Chapter One

Boy Wonder

From his perch in the maple tree, Leo hears a cry of distress, a high-pitched yelping. He scans the neighborhood, and there, midway down the block, he sees the old woman lying on the sidewalk. Leo leaps from the tree and races down the street.

"Call the rescue squad!" he orders a neighbor peering from her window.

Leo reaches the old woman, takes her pulse. It's weak, fading. "Stand back," he tells the gathering neighbors as he works at reviving the woman.

The woman's eyelids flutter. By the time the wail of the rescue squad car is heard, she is breathing normally, color returning to her cheeks.

"You saved her life," the rescue crew tells Leo. "You saved her life!"

"Hey, sardine! Fog boy! What the heck are you doing? Mom is looking all over for you."

Leo blinks and looks around.

"Did you hear me, sardine? You're going to be in big trouble - "

Leo turns. Trouble? Maybe someone needs him. He dashes for home. Maybe he will get there just in time.


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Replay 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for school. It was a group decision and this book won. I was very surprised about the beginng and how they called Lou "sardine"... I ended up liking this book.
JANICE JOHNSON More than 1 year ago
This book is really interesting. If you like this book you should read ruby holler.
Katarina Vattes More than 1 year ago
amazing book you have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Replay is an awesome book for all ages about a boy and his family with the ordinary problems of an ordinary kid. It is a funny, thrilling, and exiting book of witch he faces the real world and then he makes it his world in his mind. He is also facing a problem in a play in the story when he has to play an embarrassing person in costume! It is a well written story with a great author and is a fun adventure filled story! But it is an absorbing story and immediately drags you in to its pages. If you remember your time in school or when you were a kid and all of a sudden every thing changes and you are as confused as if you are in the wrong world! That¿s how he feels about life. A secret journal also pops up into the story but you will have to read it first! I would advise that you read this amazing book!
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Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, (to other reviewer) if you haven't read even one page of it, then how can you know how good the book is?!? Replay isn't the type of book that draws you in from the first sentence, considering the first few pages are a play-like description of the characters. This is one of the greatest books of all time. It's funny, unusual, and quirky... not to mention extraordinarily unique. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is not too lazy to read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the book i'm only on page 8 butt i<3 this book and i love Creech,Sharon i will sudgest another book by this author Ruby Holler it is a good book also.
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*Love this book!* *=lovin it
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I am an actress who read this book. I read some things that have happened to me before! I really connected with Leo. Sharon Creech is a wonderful author! Leo¿s family is very interesting to read about. When ever they have a family dinner with his WHOLE family Leo always says or does something wrong, its always interesting to read about. This is a good book for anyone who's in for a funny book, or if you¿re an actor or an actress or a director. Its realistic fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a girl that likes storys about real things that go on in life.i felt this book was made for me.i do not like many books but this one is in my top 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would suggest this book if you are looking for a fun book. The auther dosent just say he is happy she uses great details. once when leo, aka sardine got the part in the play so he sprinted home without stopping in exitment to tell her. I also liked this book becaus it is in the eyes of an actor. If you like the theator then i would suggest this book because it gives all the stregh and weaknesses of an aactor. it is also a good book because it is kida like a mystery because you want to find out what his dad wrote in his autobiography. This can also be a funny book because in his dads autobiography on one page it sais he loves to tap-dance when he is happy. thhat part realy made me laugh. i would highly recomend this book because the chapters are short so you say to yourself i can do one more and and it ends up happening again. i would also recaomend this book because it shows the life of an actor. this is also a good book because it is a mix of genere. it has mystery, funny and drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a great but fun book then read Replay. I would sugest this because is it a fun and easy book. The chapters are short and it is interesting. although there are a lot of pages you will look inside and read the first page and say i want to read this book. This book is interesting because 3 brothers all have completely different likes football, one likes chorus, and one like the play. leo the one who likes the play makes it as the old crone. although he does not know what that even is he still has a great time.even though at some points he is feeling sick ,sad or happy it is still a great book. This book gives o ton of details and makes it so you can picture yourself there. You wil always know where you are because the auther gives such great description. you will also want to keep reading because although the chapters are short they all leave you with a cliff hanger and a question to ask yourself.i would highly suggest that people that love the theater would read this because this book is the life in an actors eyes. this book also doesnt just say he is happy it gives description and tells you every detail like, he sprinted home as fast as he could to tell his mom he got the lead.overall i think that this is a great bookand that you should read this. this book is outstanding and not boaring so go grab this book from the store and just read the first page. after thatt you are hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leo, or 'Fog Boy', captures peoples imaginations in the way he daydreams. This is not only one of my favorite books, but a novel that tells you how to make 'gold from pebbles'. Leo is an actor, but his family has their moody ways and pays no attention to him. But Leo overlooks that and knows one day he will be a star. Here is not only a tale of acting, but Sharon Creech's best novel, I think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 6th grader. We had to read this book for(battle of the books).It is a good book if you like plays. Leo finds his fathers autobiography at age 13 and is caught up in a new world. And who is this mystery girl?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I¿m reviewing is called Replay. Reply is a great book for people that likes plays. This book is by a person named Sharon Creech. She also wrote the book called Love that Dog. This story starts off as if Leo is a great hero but he¿s just another boy that dreams a lot. Leo is one of the main characters from this book. There are lots of different things in the book that happens like when Leo finds out that he has a aunt he never met before. Until one of his relatives tells him later on about his mysterious aunt in the story. He also doesn¿t know if he would want to do the play. Also he found out that he has two sides of his dad This book was hard to put down for me. The end is pretty good. I hope you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Replay is about the life of a little boy named Leo, otherwise known as Sardine, or Fog Boy. Leo is a dreamer (which is why one of his nicknames is Fog Boy) who feels his life is cramped with his two brothers and sister (which is where Sardine comes from.) Leo learns a lot about his own family and growing up as he practices for his part in the school play and reads his father's autobiography at age 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Sardine! Fog Boy!¿ yelled Pietro. At the beginning, Leo¿s family was neglecting him, so he spent his time daydreaming, which is why his family and friends and even teachers called him those nicknames. His real name is Leonardo and he is twelve years old. He also has two younger brothers named Pietro and Nunzio, and one older sister named Contento. Since the rest of his family had after school activities, he decided to try out for the play. It was called Rumpopo¿s Porch. As Leo was rummaging through boxes in his attic, he found a box that says GIORGIO, which is his father¿s name. When he opens it he finds two things that get him into trouble and that help him with his problems. This book, Replay, written by Sharon Creech is very interesting. I enjoyed it because it makes you want to keep reading because you never know what is going to happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction, plays, and an interesting short read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young boy trying to find his place in the family. He discovers a lot about his Father's past, and in a sense, brings the family closer together. This book jumps around a lot, but overall, it was a good story. It was different though. I liked it.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
A cast headed by Christopher Burns gives full voice to a large Italian family. Italian or not, 12-year-old Leo's family is very much like all others - sometimes happy, at other times in disagreement. But, somehow in the words of Newbery Medalist Sharon Creech Leo's household bursts with more laughter than most. Like many young folks, Leo has a few nicknames - 'Sardine' because he is sometimes sandwiched between his older sister and his two younger brothers. He's also referred to as 'Fog Boy' because he's a dreamer. He's just been given a part in the school play and, as his Dad says, 'Leo, you make gold from pebbles' because Leo fantasizes about starring on Broadway. At other times, he dreams he's going to be a genius. This is, a story about growing up. Not surprisingly, there are sometimes conflicts between father and son. However, when Leo discovers a diary his father kept when he was Leo's age, understanding soon follows. Highly recommended for listeners in grades 5 through 7. - Gail Cooke