“Now was very much the time to think
of a brilliant, watertight, plan.
…Failing that, I improvised.”
The Amulet of Samarkand
Jonathan Stroud and Andrew Donkin
The Jaguar Stones:
Book One Middleworld
"The granola bars.
It had come to this.
Miserably, he unwrapped a bar.
He brought the compacted brown mass to his lips.
With a heavy heart, he opened his mouth and
prepared his tongue to receive the foul-tasting grunge.
Then, in the nick of time, he recovered his fighting spirit.
Things were bad, but not that bad.
He still wasn't desperate enough to eat a granola bar.“
“How do you fly three thousand miles to
meet the mother you hadn’t seem since
you needed her milk, needed to be
picked up, or were four going on five, and
not throw your arms around her, whether
she wanted you to or not?
The War to End All Wars:
World War I
Mighty empires collapsed as a result of the fighting.
New nations came into being. And the war’s aftershocks are still being felt today.
The Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, America’s emergence as a world power,
the Second World War, and continuing turmoil in the Middle East
all have their roots in the First World War.
A Novel of the Salem Witch Trial
"I did not know the heart
were like a china teacup hanging
in the cupboard from a single hook,
that it could chip and crack
and finally smash to the ground
under a boot heel.
And I did not know that even
smithereens could reassemble into a heart.
I did not know any of this”
“Ah, but not all dreams are true. There are two gates by
which a dream may enter: one of shining ivory, one of plain
The dreams from the ivory gate are glimmering illusions that
signify nothing. But those from the horn gate can come true
– if only we know which is which!”
“There is always a way to do what you truly love.”
Pam Munoz Ryan & Peter Sis
“Zora Neale Hurston, “Old Lady
Bronson said, “please don’t tell
me what you meant and what you
didn’t’ mean. My first two names
ain’t Old Lady for nothing. I been
round here as long as there’s
been a round here.”
“I had told Leslie to stay away until Clifff
arrived, so I could have some time alone with
Toni, but that wasn’t working out exactly as
planned. I’m a lot smoother in my daydreams
than I am in real life.”
The Last Summer
of the Death Warriors
Francisco X. Stork
He opened his arms and she came to him. He held her
head against his chest and he opened his eyes as wide as
they would go in order to keep them dry. She wanted to say
something, but he pressed her tight. “Sh h h. Don’t say
anything.” He let go of her and started down as quickly as
“I want my heart back,” she said between sobs.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot
Found only in New Zealand, the kakapo is the rarest and heaviest
Parrot, the only flightless and night-active parrot, and undoubtedly
the strangest parrot in the world:
•Weigh up to nine pounds
•Owl-like face with whiskers
•Don’t talk but can growl like a dog & boom like a bullfrog
•Don’t fly but can climb trees using feet and beak
•Can live to be at least 70 years old and likely to 100 years.
•Feathers smell strongly of honey