by Sharon Creech


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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 frame, this is a story about twelve-year-old Leo, who has a talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. That's why he's called "fog boy." He's always dreaming, always replaying things in his brain. 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, he is eager to discover what part will be his.

With the universal theme of finding one's true identity, and set amid a loud, noisy, memorable family, Leo's story is one that all kids will relate to. And there's a full play at the end of the book that kids and teachers can perform!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060540210
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 277,131
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.


Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

Read an Excerpt


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.

Replay. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Replay 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 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!
NMkimdykstra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:While, I did not think this was the greatest book ever, it still had a lot of good points. It was somewhat reminiscent to Creech's "Walk two Moons" in the way that Leo tries to figure out his father is similar to how Sal in "Walk two Moons" tries to learn more about her mother. I liked how this book didn't sugarcoat some of the issues that families often face. I think a lot of kids could fine something to relate to in this book. Library/Classroom Uses:This book has a lot of over-the-top dramatic characters in it, and would work well for a read-aloud.If I were a classroom teacher, I think this would be a fun book to read to my students right before beginning to work on performing a play. This book includes the script for play Leo was in, so the class could even act the same play out.The play in this book would be a fun one for a group of students to act out or do a puppet show of at a public library.
madisonT.L.I4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would have a been good school play!
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade: 4-6Genre: Realistic FictionThemes: Family life, Father and son, deathIn this book, Leo lives with his 3 siblings and father and mother. Leo feels he gets lost in the bunch. Much of this book happens in Leo's mind as he replays scenes from his normal day and becomes the hero in his mind. He has a small part in a play and wonders if his dad will be as proud of him as he is of his brother, Pietro, the football player or his sister, Conttento, the soccer player. This book is filled with reading and writing strategies that kids understand because it is filled with humor. I would use this book as a read aloud and focus on writing strategies such as repetition, descriptive writing, writing from a different perspective, writing a play. The actual play is in the back of the story and I would also have students do this as a reader's theatre. There are so many teaching possibilities in this book.
kljoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although Leo often feels overshadowed by his siblings, he knows he was meant for something big. His class play seems like the perfect opportunity to shine, until he is given the minimal part of the old crone. Meanwhile, Leo finds his father¿s journal from when he was thirteen and struggles to reconcile the short-tempered father he knows and the fun loving boy of the journal. This is the story of a boy¿s attempt to find his role in his family, the play, and in life. Sharon Creech¿s book covers a wide range of emotions effectively. Its ending is uplifting, but also realistic, leaving some problems unsolved. Written in the present tense with special attention to actions, Replay almost reads like a play. It even starts with a list of scenes and a description of the cast of characters. Although it frequently jumps from the present into Leo¿s memories and dreams, it is always easy to follow. Replay is a unique book for children in fourth through eighth grade. This book is highly recommended for the children¿s section of public libraries and elementary school libraries.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leo is the middle child in a large family. He often feels invisible among his loud siblings and relatives. Leo is also a dreamer, who uses his imagination to picture how he would like the world to be. This book is about Leo growing up and learning about family history, and thinking about what he would like to become in the future.This book had a lot of elements that I should have loved (the school play, the family dynamics, the imaginative main character) . . . but I didn't love it. It was all right, but not fantastic. All in all, a book that I don't mind having read once, but not one that I would want to read again.
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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?