Truth or lie… he had always chosen the lie, to spare his little brother any unpleasant truth.
Jonathan twirled the combination to his locker, his stomach in knots. He still didn’t feel ready to be a spy. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even feel ready to read a spy novel. And yet, he was seconds away from receiving his first mission.
–The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari
People were confusing. She’d rather do a hundred math problems than try to figure out someone else’s mixed-up feelings, any day of the week. That’s why she and Evan got along so well. He’d just tell her, straight out, “I’m mad at you because you ate the last Rice Krispie’s Treat.” And then she could say, “Sorry. Hey, I’ve got some Starburst in my room. You want them?” And that would be that.
–The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
“My boy, heroes don’t need guns. They need courage, smarts, and an occasional change of underpants.”
–Beyond the Knock-Knock Door by Scott Monk
“Sorcerers believe that an action taken for the right reasons has an unreasonable chance of success.”
–The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
At the top of the easel, written in purple wipe-off marker, it says “Rahul Kapoor’s Quest to Be: The. Best. At. It.