I'm currently teaching a class for elementary school students, and my kids have come up with some amazing lines. Since they're not the biggest fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, I'm also shopping around for a different book to read next year. At the moment, I'm reading Loser by Jerry Spinelli, and in my students' honor, I'd like to share some quotes that really touched me:
"Little-kid eyes are scoopers. They just scoop up everything they see and swallow it whole, no questions asked. Big-kid eyes are picky. They notice things that the little-kid eyes never bothered with: the way a teacher blows her nose, the way a kid dresses or pronounces a word" (99)
"A kid runs to be found and jumps to be caught" (185).