"Mr. Dimming lifts the stack of test papers from his desk and holds them like a treasure" (178).
It doesn't matter what everybody else thinks about you because everyone is unique and special.
"I was watching something I'd seen a million times - The Wizard of Oz" (67).
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
"My heart falls to my shoes, which is not quite the floor, but close" (188).
Be thankful for what you have.
"I look at the ugly little statue, and I start to giggle. Then I crack up... My hand jerks out and hits the trophy -- I'm not sure if it was and accident or not -- and it falls to the floor, breaking into several pieces" (292).
“‘You threw up. Nobody left you’” (290).
"Some people get braces on their teeth. Some get braces on their legs. For others, braces won’t work, so they need wheelchairs and walkers and such. You’re a lucky girl that you only had messed-up teeth" (120).