Ella Enchanted

“That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child." I stopped.”

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The Sound of Silence

“Very hard for a deaf man. Very hard for a black man. Must fight all the time. No rest. Never. Sad.” My father didn’t sign another word. He just stared into the eyes of the subway riders looking at him, until they sheepishly broke off eye contact —every last one of them."

The Escape of Robert Smalls

"Smalls and the rest of the crew were taking a big risk... No person had ever done this before. They would pass by armed forts, where soldiers were on alert. They would risk their lives, all for the chance to be free."

Ranger’s Apprentice #7: Erak’s Ransom

“Would you trust him with your life, Halt?" Gilan interrupted, and Halt looked up at him. "Yes," he said quietly. Gilan patted his shoulder once more. "Then trust him with his own," he said simply.”

The Adventures of Cardigan

"The lady opened the cage door to let the little corgi out. It ran to Jaime, jumping up on him and knocking him over. She licked his face as they rolled on the floor, giggling like they were best friends."