The first to win both the Carnegie and Newbery medals, best-selling author Sharon Creech tells the story of a 12-year-old daydreamer who replays his life as an intrepid young hero. Surrounded by his siblings, Leonardo scarcely makes a ripple in his large, boisterous family until he lands a part in his school play and finds a mysterious trunk in his attic. Soon fantasy and reality converge. But how do the secrets of that attic trunk change Leo's view of his father and himself?
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by Sharon Creech
by Jerdine Nolen
by S. Beth Atkin
by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
by Robert D. San Souci
"Christopher Burns brings a large, boisterous Italian family to life. The plot weaves the past and the present, a school play, and the main character's imaginary world into an insightful coming-of-age story. Thirteen-year-old Leo is known as "Sardine" because he is positioned between an older sister and younger brothers. His sister also calls him "Fog Boy" because he's often lost in a daydream, casting himself as a hero as he replays his life. Burns embodies Leo's growing self-awareness with a simple, perfectly enunciated "Huh!" every time comprehension dawns. Papa says, "Leo, you make gold from pebbles." This little story is filled with golden pebbles, including a full-cast rendering of the school play to end the production. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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