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“Aren’t these fine children? Aren’t these fine teachers? Isn’t this a fine, fine school?”

—Mr. Keene, A Fine, Fine School
“We’ve been on a journey. To a secret place. We caught the air! We caught the breeze!”

—Father, Fishing in the Air
“I don’t know what I am. I am waiting to find out.”

—Mary Lou, Absolutely Normal Chaos
“Boy, isn’t that just typical? You wait and wait and wait for something, and then when it happens, you feel sad.”

—Mary Lou, Absolutely Normal Chaos
“Oh, Alpha and Omega!”

—Mary Lou, Absolutely Normal Chaos
“I wanted to be interesting, but I didn’t know how you got to be interesting.”

—Dinnie, Bloomability
“I understood exactly what Guthrie meant when he shouted Libero! It was a celebration of being alive!”

—Dinnie, Bloomability
“I thought about my fishing in the streams and wondered if I was carting not only my home along with me, but also my family, too.”

—Dinnie, Bloomability
“It seemed as if anything could happen, anything at all. The bloomabilities were endless.”

—Dinnie, Bloomability
“On a horse, Pia, I could go anywhere, anywhere!”

—Enzio, The Castle Corona
“What is all this loveliness for?”

—Princess Fabrizia, The Castle Corona
“The wind in one’s face makes one wise.”

—Signora Ferrelli, The Castle Corona
“In my thirteen years, I’ve had meatballs, and I’ve had lumps of mud, too.”

—Zinny, Chasing Redbird
“There didn’t seem to be a lot to say that someone wasn’t already saying. I liked listening.”

—Zinny, Chasing Redbird
“Man needs bread and hyacinths: one to feed the body, and one to feed the soul.”

Chasing Redbird
“Maybe it was the same with people: if you studied them, you’d see new and different things. But would you like what you saw? Did it depend on who was doing the looking?” —Zinny, Chasing Redbird
“I pretended he was my brother, only he was better than a brother because I chose him and he chose me.”

—Rosie, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
“It takes a while to be best friends.”

—Rosie, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
“I can’t explain it, but I felt as if my life was bigger now.”

—Granny Torelli, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
“If you have never had a body fall out of a tree and knock you over, let me tell you what a surprising thing that is.”

—Naomi, The Great Unexpected

“It comes, it goes.”

—Witch Wiggins, The Great Unexpected
“Maybe sudden change of any kind—even unexpected good fortune—jolts your world.”

—Naomi, The Great Unexpected

“You understand my brain.”

—Jack, Hate That Cat
“First you need to have something to write about.”

—Jack, Hate That Cat
“Am I supposed to do something important?”

—Annie, Heartbeat
“I tell her not to worry that I will always come home because that is where I get my start.”

—Annie, Heartbeat
“Run for the pleasure of running. It’s a secret, baby.”

—Grandpa, Heartbeat

“I tried. Can’t do it. Brain’s empty.”

—Jack, Love That Dog
“My brain was pop-pop-popping when I was looking at those poems.”

—Jack, Love That Dog
“Fraggle pin Heartfoot a wig pasta.”

—Uncle Arvie, Pleasing the Ghost
“Maybe this wind will bring me and Billy our pepperonis.”

—Dennis, Pleasing the Ghost
“This wind could bring our fathers sailing right through our windows. You never know about ghosts.”

—Dennis, Pleasing the Ghost
“Leo, you make gold from pebbles.”

—Papa,  Replay
“As long as there are children, there is hope.”

—Grandma Navy,  Replay
“Maybe when you write a play you can only choose one very small part of one or two lives, but how do you choose which part, which lives?”

—Leo,  Replay
“One person’s trouble is another person’s joy.”

—Sairy,  Ruby Holler
“Without you, I’m just a sock without a boot.”

—Sairy,  Ruby Holler

“I am weary of incivility.”

—Mr. Pomodoro,  The Unfinished Angel
“The soft heart is also a smart heart because it is not soft for every puny silly thing, but over the things that are matterful.”

—Annie, Heartbeat

“Peoples: so unfinished!”

—The angel, The Unfinished Angel
“How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”

—Gramps, Walk Two Moons
“If people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones.”

—Sal, Walk Two Moons
“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.”

Walk Two Moons
“Sometimes you know in your heart you love someone, but you have to go away before your head can figure it out.”

—Gramps, Walk Two Moons
“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.”

—Sophie, The Wanderer
“It’s not where you’re going that’s important—it’s how you get there.”

—Sophie quoting Bompie, The Wanderer
“A week at sea, and no one has been strangled or thrown overboard yet.”

—Sophie, The Wanderer
“I’m not in dreamland or earthland or mule-land. I’m just right here, right now.”

—Sophie, The Wanderer
An uplifting novel about one family's momentous move to Maine and an unexpected bond that develops between twelve year old Reena and one very ornery cow named Zora. This lovely story reminds us that if you're open to new experiences, life offers surprises.

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