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“Sonia, every dog does not bite, nor does each bee sting. For each schoolmate who insults you, there must be fifty who do not. And for every Muslim terrorist, there are thousands of us who oppose violence. Tell those who are cruel to you that in their cruelty, they are the terror. Then inform them that they are forgiven, for such forgiveness may shame some toward kindness.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“I start laughing. You have to laugh. Life is just funny sometimes. As long as you remember.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“Time is tricky. You have whole months, even years, when nothing changes a speck, when you don’t go anywhere or do anything or think one new thought. And then you can get hit with a day, or an hour, or a half a second when so much happens it’s almost like you got born all over again into some brand-new person you for damn sure never expected to meet.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“China puts her hand on my palm. Her fingernails are baby blue with miniature clouds airbrushed at the tips. She saved three weeks of allowance for that sky.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“Nah,' I tell her after a while. 'He is more like a brother, you know?'
The good kind. The kind with the purple teeth.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“I shrug, and then we sit awhile without saying anything. Then he goes, 'Where'd you learn to fight like that, anyway?'
I start to shrug again, and then I stop. 'I guess from my dad,' I say, which, really, is the truth.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“I'm so disgusting,' I try to argue, but his hands and his voice and his marble mother's eyes won't let it be true anymore.
'No,' he says. 'You're beautiful.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“If I could be small again, Monique told me at the playground's fence, slurring her words and watching Caitlin sob, I'd want to have a friend like her.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“He apologized when I was twelve. He was crying. I don't like to remember that. I like to remember the time he spelled and defined 'metamorphosis' when my mama was clean. He used her as an example, and he was chewing on the Popsicle stick left over from our lunch that day. When he smiled, his teeth were mad purple.”
E.R. Frank, Life is Funny
“Secret Saturdays ought to be required reading at middle schools everywhere. Maldonado gives us both voice and heart. His young characters navigate a challenging world with endearing earnestness, lively style, and a heartening desire for true friendship and dignity.”
E.R. Frank
“Grace,' my mother tries, just before my frozen hot chocolate comes. I don't answer her.
Later, while she's waiting for her credit card back from the waitress, she says, 'I'm sorry.”
E.R. Frank


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