Creech, Sharon. Replay.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CREECH, Sharon. Replay. HarperCollins. 240p. c2005. 0-06-054019-2. $15.99. (Lib. bdg: 0-06-054020-6. $16.89.) J*

Leo is part of a large, noisy Italian American family, and he often feels overwhelmed and overlooked, like "a little sardine, squashed in a tin." In his frequent Walter Mitty-like daydreams, though, he is always the center of attention, heroic and talented. When Leo comes across his father's boyhood journal in the attic, be learns more about his father's life and dreams, and about his father's long-estranged sister. And when Leo is chosen to be in the school play (even if he is cast as an old crone!), he learns more about himself, his role in life and in his family, and the transformative power of the imagination. He starts to understand how to reconcile fantasy and reality, and he helps to reconcile his...

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