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The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.
- Mr. Penderwick -- Jeanne Birdsall
Am I odd?Is there something wrong with me,like Mrs.Tifton Said?"
Skye knelt down on the wet grass and looked straight into Batty's eyes. "No you stupid idiot,there's nothing wrong. with you. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Skye, no one except you believes in the possibility of Batty blowing up. -- Jeanne Birdsall
While in her heart Batty knew that Ginevra was a nice person, she sometimes couldn't help wondering if nice people could also be show-offs. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Woof," he said sadly. "Poor Hound," said Batty. "Poor Hound, indeed." Mr. Penderwick was not sympathetic. "Even he should know not to eat towels. -- Jeanne Birdsall
This set off a series of additional questions from Batty, which Iantha gracefully took on, giving Rosalind the chance to slip away unnoticed. She crossed the street to the Geigers' house, headed round to the back, and knocked on the kitchen door, just as she'd done a thousand times before. -- Jeanne Birdsall
I do have an important question, but I can ask it from out here. Are you dry?
Of course I'm dry. Why do you ask that?
So many daughters have come home wet lately. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Was she in love? Rosalind had asked herself that many times in the last few weeks. Anna's mother said you're in love when you feel like you've been hit by a truck. Rosalind felt bad enough for a motorcycle, maybe, but not a truck. -- Jeanne Birdsall
I've been going insane reading my students' papers. Apparently several of them think the Hubble Space Telescope is used to search the universe for hubbles."
~ Ithana Aaronson -- Jeanne Birdsall
Why does everybody think I argue? I never argue." Skye hesitated. "Or at least, I'm not going to argue as much anymore."
"That would be a miracle."
Skye chose to pretend she hadn't heard. -- Jeanne Birdsall
And depression settled over the kitchen like a wet fog. -- Jeanne Birdsall
The referee told me this league has never had a brawl of that magnitude," said Mr. Penderwick after a long, painful silence. "Of course, at the time I was pretending to be a casual passerby and not a father at all. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Her father had been forced to cancel her clarinet lessons after the neighbors complained about the practicing. -- Jeanne Birdsall
If there could be anything worse than having a parent die, it would be having a parent who never bothered to meet you. -- Jeanne Birdsall
What rhymes with smile?" "Bile, as in Your smile makes me want to throw up. -- Jeanne Birdsall
No, you stupid idiot, there's nothing wrong with you. You're perfect. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Snooty high heels. -- Jeanne Birdsall
It was all a cottage is supposed to be, small and snug, with a front porch, pink climbing roses, and lots of trees for shade. -- Jeanne Birdsall
This is truly a sad comedown for a man and a Geiger. Please say you'll talk some sense into him. -- Jeanne Birdsall
He was the least scary adult present, besides being English and therefore fascinating. -- Jeanne Birdsall
He'll come," said Rosalind. "He's got to. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Some secrets buried away in boxes are peacefully forgotten, just as we hope they'll be. But some refuse to stay in their boxes, popping out at the worst possible times. And then there are those ... that linger and fester, gnawing away from the inside out. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Parents almost always want what's best for their children. They just don't always know what that is. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Quidquid agas prudenter agas et respice finem ... Skye was used to hearing this phrase, which Mr. Penderwick translated loosely as look before you leap and please don't do anything crazy. -- Jeanne Birdsall
A whole extra bed without a sister to go along with it! -- Jeanne Birdsall
She had to defend the people she loved the best. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Donit kill her now, just when we've gone to all that trouble to rescue her, said Jeffrey. -- Jeanne Birdsall
The sky was a rich cloudless blue, the air still and dry, the maple trees glowing with glorious reds and oranges and yellows, and everywhere on Gardam Street squirrels bustled about with self-importance, burying their nuts in the most unlikely places. -- Jeanne Birdsall
She sat down again. "Oh, Dominic, love has no measure." "What?" "I mean, yes, please kiss me. -- Jeanne Birdsall
People sometimes make unexpected choices when they're lonely -- Jeanne Birdsall
Not everyone is fodder for books,' said Rosalind. -- Jeanne Birdsall
This is what made a book great, she thought, that you could read it over and over and never get tired of it. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Do you think she'll want to later? Rosalind, I mean, not Aunt Claire. I mean, I'm sure Aunt Claire could do football drills if she wanted to, but I'd rather have Ros - I mean ... Tommy had trailed off into an embarrassed silence. Skye -- Jeanne Birdsall
She didn't like being stuck indoors because of a bully. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Holy bananas, said Skye. -- Jeanne Birdsall
The moonlight had turned the gardens into a fairyland, magnificent and mysterious. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Jane circled the mansion, passing door after door, all too la-di-da for comfort. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Aunt Claire, may I ask you a question?" "Ask away, young Jedi. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Ladies and dogs," said Jeffrey, "we are about to perform 'Fanfare for the Uncommon Seal.' " "With apologies to Aaron Copland, -- Jeanne Birdsall
It's not right to shoot someone because they're not intelligent. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Skye." "Lima-Oscar-Victor-Echo -- Jeanne Birdsall
revealing Jane in all her blood-soaked glory, -- Jeanne Birdsall
I did know a girl in middle school who made hand puppets from her boyfriends' socks," said Aunt Claire. "I don't know if she talked to the puppets, but she did make the puppets talk to her. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Tommy was nowhere in sight, and though she waited for a few minutes, he didn't reappear. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Endings are sad, aren't they?"
"Yes. -- Jeanne Birdsall
Maybe I can drown him in the lily pond. -- Jeanne Birdsall