How do Leslie and Jess become friends?What interests and feelings regarding other people do they share?
Jess likes art and drawing. His skills are not appreciated by his traditional family and the other kids at school. He often feels like a misfit within his own family. Leslie is a bit of a tomboy and wins the "races" at recess against the boys. This is unheard of for a girl to do, so she is quickly thought of as a misfit,too. Leslie also dresses differently than the other kids the first day of school and she mentions in class that she doesn't have a television. The other students in this small town think of her as odd. Jess recognizes that. They both enjoy using their imaginations. Both also get bullied by Janice Avery.