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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,209 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's inspired novel tells the story of a boy who fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. Now with fresh and gorgeous new cover art, this touching tale has received many starred reviews, and was called a "warm, funny, philosophical novel" by Kirkus Reviews.

With the backdrop of a large family and a theater as its fr
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Creech has to be one of my all-time favorite authors. I have loved everything I've ever read that she wrote. This book was no exception. I've had it on my shelf to read forever...but I think I was put off by the cover. I mean, a FISH? I didn't want to read a book about fishing.

Well, guess what? The fish on the cover is a sardine because Leo's large, loud, demanding Italian family calls him "Sardine" and "Fog Boy." Sardine because once "...when relatives were over, shouting and laughing an
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The book Replay by Sharon Creech is an entertaining, exciting, and relatable for the average young adult. The author has a different format of her text than other authors. The dialogue is written like a script. This was my first time seeing this in a book, but I enjoyed it very much. This book takes place in present day time in a regular town with schools and suburbs. The main character of this book is Leo. Leo is a twelve-year old boy is a dreamer and artistic. He loves to act, but he’s very se ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book reminded me of when I was in fifth grade and I was one of the lead roles in the play. This book brought back so much memories. I related to this book so much. My favorite part of the book is when Leo's last line of the play he messed up. It was my favorite part because it is so true. Everyone messes up. Especially their lines. It was a fun quick read that I was lucky to pick up.
A quiet middle child of a boisterous Italian family tries to discover who he is and how he fits in with his family when he discovers his father's autobiography ("Age of 13"). Along the way he discovers a long lost relative and shares with a friend who has lost her little brother. Participating in a school play helps him to bring all the pieces together and encourages him to have the strength to be the person he wants to be.

It took a while for me to appreciate this loud Italian family, but in the
Bish Denham
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I can see how some readers, particularly younger ones, might be confused by this story as there are three distinct things going in Leo world: his loving but chaotic home life, his rich fantasy life, and the humorous chaos as he practices for a school play.

As the middle child of five in a loud Italian family, Leo is an observant and sensitive 12 year old who sometimes feels invisible, and yet, he enjoys being by himself. There is no great drama, no great catastrophe, so in that sense this might b
Jeanne Dunn
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Replay by Sharon Creech is a sweet book with a knack for dragging the reader back to the mysteries of childhood. Who among us wasn't intrigued by our parents belongings -- a box in the attic, a jewelry box, a dresser drawer? I know I was a nosy child, and, like Leonardo in the book, I learned things about my parents that weren't necessarily my business. I smiled at the treasures he unearthed.

The characters seemed a bit 'stock' to me, but were engaging. As a 'thespian' (community theatre), I rea
Ms. Warchol
I was looking forward to reading this book, because I am a fan of Love that Dog. There were some parts I liked, but overall I have to give it an "ehhhh." Leo (sardine, fog boy) is a very observant, sensitive curious boy who at times struggles with fitting in to his Italian family. I could relate to his quest to find out more about his family. He reveals his inner thoughts to us from up in his maple tree as he reads the journal his father wrote when he was Leo's age.

Some readers might get confus
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
Leo is one of four kids trying to find his niche in life so that he stands out to his parents. He has an athletic sister, an athletic brother, and a musical brother, so he tries out for a play at school. When he finds his dad's childhood belongings in the attic, Leo starts tap dancing secretly, as well as reading a biography his father wrote as a thirteen-year-old. The story had a lot of potential but was jumbled up due to all the characters of the siblings and extended relatives not being as m ...more
Anastasia L.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Leo is a boy with big dreams and a large family that doesn't understand him and a dad that changed after a accident . He starts questioning when he finds his dad's diary when he was thirteen and he learns about a aunt that he has never knew about and joins the school play. Will his family accept who he wants to be?

I expected more because I love Sharon Creech but I do not see what makes this book special. It was a easy read and something I would read when I was in 2nd grade. I would recommend thi
Alyson Whatcott
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the four Creech's we are reading in my 6th grade class. This is a good one to add to the mix because of the male protagonists. It's a shorter and easier read than her others that we have chosen, however, it skips between reality, daydreaming, and a class play quite a bit which isn't easy for all students. This is probably my students' favorite. Mine is Walk Two Moons.
Paige Doherty
it was okay
Jack Branch
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mauricio Martinez-Flores
This book can be a little over dramatic for me. I think its purpose was too add to Leo wanting to be a star. I founded it weird when they wouldn’t tell Leo who his aunt was and when his family members were getting injured. Leo was upset because he couldn’t be the main character in a play instead he was a girl. He had brothers and sisters that outshined him so he was always daydreaming of being rich and famous. At play practices a bunch of goofy things would happen. This book kept me reading beca ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
Sweet story.
On audio, it was a little tricky to hear when the story changed from reality to Leo's fantasies.
I liked how there was a full cast of voice narrators who performed Leo's play at the end.
Melody Riggs
This is the story of Leo who feels lost in his big family and often gets lost in his imagination. The book had some sub plots that I wasn’t sure what the point of them was (like the missing aunt), but the overall message about being yourself and staying true to yourself was cute.
Francesca Pashby
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Interesting, in the style of writing, but didn't really grab me.
Eunie Choi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many creative ways on thinking about life, such as the idea that when children turn twelve, they receive a script of the rest of their lives.
Helen Mulligan
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous short read. Really made me think about people and their whole journeys, especially those we think we know so well but who had a whole other life before us (parents)
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim this morning and it was exactly what I needed to read today.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really lovely story with an imaginative dual narrative.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely engaging coming of age and confidence story for a boy. He has a loving family.
I listened to this. nice story with lessons learned by the characters along the way!
Jayne Catherine pinkett
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading as part of bookbuddyathon
As a parent, this one hit a little close to home. First, in many ways I am Leo. I'm a dreamer. I'm easily distracted. My abilities and ambition rarely lead to the same lofty heights as my idle musings. But like him, I also tend to find the little mundane ways to enjoy myself; watching life from a tree, finding worn out tap shoes, discussing the nuances of minor characters with a friend, reading in secret.

Now, about Leo's family. He feels invisible. His sister, the oldest, is a soccer star. His o
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Imagine having your family full of chaos and your mom repeating "Aye yie yie! My life is slave and errand girl!", although it would be hilarious it would also be totally stressing. Overall I have fell in love with this book from the heart to heart conversations to the hilarious comments.

In the story Leo a.k.a Sardine/Fog boy is in a play called "Rumpopo's Porch" and during the time of his rehearsals Leo tries to learn about his father how he was when HE was young, but then Leo learns that there
Mikayla Almquist
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been trying to remember the name of this book for ages! I read it back in the 5th grade, and I loved every second of it. It's been niggling the back of my brain but all I could remember of this masterpiece was "lisp" and "banana rehearsal" and good luck finding results for that Google! Suddenly I remembered "old crone in the school play" and lo and behold! I've found you Leo!

I love rediscovering childhood masterpieces, it kind of gives you into insight into your self, you know? All of the
Steve Clark
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I could probably give this book five stars, but have to maintain my composure and sense of professionalism enough to tell the truth: that this may be the worst book I have ever loved. It is sentimental, cliched, and, too often, predictable. But at the end I was in tears; not quite sobbing, but holding the book in front of my face so that my 13-year old daughter (reading on the love seat across the room) wouldn't see the tears threatening to stream down my face.

Perhaps I'm getting overly soft i
Kaitlyn Baker
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
224 pages, Harper Collins (2005), GRL: T, Lexile: 800, grades 3-7

12 year old Leo feels lost. Swallowed up in a large family, he copes by replaying scenarios how he would like them to happen actually happen and is called "fog boy" as a result. After auditioning for the school play, he is cast as the "old crone" and seeks to get in character by imagining the old crone's past. His director encourages them to imagine one of their family past in order to relate their character. Leo finds some of his
Parker M.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Leonardo(leo) or sardine or fog boy. Im not quite sure why they call him fog boy but they call him sardine bacause when he was younger his family was aruging and he said he felt like a sardine in a crushed tin. Leo has an older sister and 2 younger brothers. Leo also has some pretty weird parents. Leo was going through his father's keep forever box. Within it he found tap shoes and his fathers book that he wrote when he was 13 about his life. He put the tap shoes o ...more
I enjoy reading children's books. I have a lot of respect for most Newbery Award-Winning authors. I love the theatre. This should all combine to high marks for Sharon Creech's Replay, but it doesn't.

Creech does an admirable job combining the elements, but she forgot to focus on what the book is about.

Leo feels invisible in his family. Leo fantasizes about himself as hero in nearly every situation imaginable. Leo learns about his father as a boy. Leo learns about a lost family member. Leo learns
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“If you had a script for your life, Leo thinks, you could look ahead to what would come next. You could see what is going to happen to you. You could read all the thousands and millions of words you will say. You will never again have to wonder What should I say or do? because it will all be written there for you. You could know what dumb things you will do. You could find out if you ever will do anything that isn't dumb. But then, what if your script was dull, if you never got to do anything exciting? Or what if something awful was going to happen to you? What if your script was very, very short?” 1 likes
“It is not a good idea to call yourself a sardine in a family like Leo's, who will not let you forget it.” 0 likes
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