Chapter 45, when Pippa gives the Spartan warrior project speech.
Page 285- Pippa is getting ready to start her Spartan warrior speech
Page 285- Pippa starts her speech
Page 285- Pippa is saying her speech
Pippa walks up to the podium on trembling legs. Miss Rhodes gives Pippa’s hand a squeeze and then steps aside. Then she gives Pippa a smile full of encouragement and full of pride.
Pages 285 and 286- Pippa is still saying her speech
Pippa moves the microphone down a little and folds over the corner of her paper. She looks up at her friend Susan, and looks back down and swallows.
Page 286- Pippa finishes her speech and gives the Spartan warrior sash to Jack
“Spartan boys had to go through very difficult things to become good soldiers. They had to train very hard and they didn’t always have good food. Sometimes they were put in dark rooms so that they would learn not to be afraid of the dark, and if they cried they would get punished. But I think the hardest thing for these boys was that they were taken away from their parents. Learning how to get through life without their mother and father was probably the most difficult thing they ever had to do.”
Pages 286 and 287- Jack gives the Spartan warrior sash to Pippa
“When our mom died of stomach cancer, it was the hardest time of our whole life. It really did feel like we were in a dark room and would never be let out again. I couldn’t even talk, I was so sad. For a long time, it felt like our family was broken, and that maybe we’d never be fixed again. But my brother Jack helped put us all back together, including my dad. He stayed strong and true and loyal, just like a real Spartan warrior.”
”Out of all of us, he was the bravest. That is why today I would like to honor him. To say thank you to my brother for everything he gave us. For helping us learn how to be a family again.” Jack comes up to the podium to get his sash as the clapping starts and Nibs, Miss Rhodes, and Jack and Pippa’s dad started to cry. After Pippa put Jack’s sash around him, he gave Pippa a hug. Then Jack stepped up to the podium and says,”This is really cool, and I’m really grateful. But this sash belongs to my sister, not me. She’s the real warrior here.”
” I didn’t even know what bravery was until the last few weeks. But now I do. Bravery is being in the dark and feeling your way around until you find your way out. Bravery is losing your voice and then finding it again. Bravery is this girl. My sister. Pippa Kendall. Spartan warrior.” Jack then takes the sash off and puts it around Pippa. Then the cheering surrounds them like water.