Sam Knight is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, just turned 13, and spends in his opinion to much time with learning for school. He could imagine becoming an astronaut and is especially interested in future manned missions to Mars.
On the other hand he has started liking Africa pretty much and now considers to produce something really cool there in order to exporting and selling it to the whole world from there. He once wanted to become President of the United States, but that seems to be a rather stressful job.
On Phoebes advice he has started reading a bit more, even in his leisure time, like adventure stories and books about astronomy, and to his amazement his grades have totally improved since then. But he'd never admit that is could have something to do with the reading.