"By the end, Leo knows life can't be scripted, that he wouldn't want it to be, that 'dorky, little nobody kids' (not that he is one) can become 'amazing grown-ups' and that improvisation is key. (complete script of the school play) (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of four children in a large, chaotic Italian-American family, 12-year-old Leo is nicknamed "sardine" because he once said he felt squished like one, and occasionally "fog boy" because he slips into thoughtful trances where he "replays" life's disappointing scenarios.
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