What are some personality traits of Leigh Botts in Dear Mr. Henshaw?

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Leigh Botts is an intelligent and determined young man. He shows this through the clever means he invents for solving some of his lesser problems, like the lunch-bag goodies thief. Other greater problems he cannot solve, like his parents' divorce, and he must adjust to the reality of lives that are part of his but that really only intersect his since they have independence not related to him. This adjustment shows that Leigh can learn abstract lessons from life around him and that he is mature enough and wise enough to do what life requires of him.