"Temple had lots of friends. Because she was so creative, she was fun to be with. It was easy to overlook her oddities when you were busy working on one of Temples new projects"(32)
Signpost: Quoted Words
"'I don't want to grow up!" Life was changing too fast for her and Temple couldn't cope"'.(43)
"But Temple's mother, who had been researching schools for challenged children, knew their were other roads a person like Temple could take"(47)
Every one thought Temple would be unable to do any thing as a child or have any friends, but Temple had many friends and invented many interesting things as a child. This is important because Temple's creativity as a child led to her changing the world.
Word Gap: Diplomat
Do you like my new dress?
No, it makes you look fat.
The author included these quoted words to show how hard Temple's middle school and high school life was. Temple had such a hard time she admitted to her mother that she didn't want to grow up. She liked her Elementary school life better.
Temple's mother showed a growth mindset of keep trying and never giving up. Temple's father wanted to send her away to a mental institute, but her mother knew she could have a better future. She researched many schools and finally found one that Temple would love. She never stopped trying to make Temple's future bettter.
Book Club Question:
Definition:a person who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way. Technical Term: no
"Plus, Temple was no diplomat".(41)
Temple wanted a normal life, but after graduating out of her little school house, things don't come as easy, so her mother decides to send her to a school for kids like Temple and that's where Temple finally feels excepted, but her constant panic attacks and worries about home will soon change things.
Why might have being around kids like Temple help Temple succeed in growing up? How would Temple's life be different if she had not gone to the Hampshire Country School?