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Transcript of August Pullman
p. 13 "Next week I start fifth grade. Since I've never been to a real school before, I am pretty much totally and completely petrified."
p. 37 "I walked toward Jack and followed him out of the auditorium. He held the double doors open for me, and as I passed by, he looked at me right in the face, kind of daring me to look back at him, which I did. Then I actually smiled. I don't know. Sometimes when I have the feeling like I'm almost crying, it can turn into an almost laughing feeling."
p. 58 "I could tell I was being stared at without even looking up. I knew that people were nudging each other, watching me out of the corners of their eyes. I thought I was used to those kinds of stares by now, but I guess I wasn't."
p. 68 "She kissed me all over my face. She kissed my eyes that came down too far. She kissed my cheeks that looked punched in. She kissed my tortoise mouth. She said soft words that I know were meant to help me, but words can't change my face."
p. 81 "I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks."
p. 73 "This is what I wrote: This precept means that we should be remembered for the things we do. The things we do are the most important things of all. They are more important than what we say or what we look like. The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they've died. They're like the pyramids the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made our of stone, they're made out of memories people have of you. That's why your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of with stone."
p. 242 "I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives."
p. 316 - 317 "The final award this morning," said Mr. Tushman, after the kids onstage had returned to their seats, "is the Henry Ward Beecher medal to honor students who have been notable or exemplary in certain areas throughout the school year...And here the weirdest thing happened: Mr. Tushman's voice cracked a bit, like he got all choked up. He actually cleared his throat and took a big sip of water..."The strength of one's courage, " he repeated quietly, nodding and smiling. He held up his right hand like he was counting off. "Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness...'Greatness' wrote Beecher, 'lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength...He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts...'" And again, out of the blue, he got all choked up. He put his two index fingers over his mouth for a second before continuing. " 'He is the greatest,'" he finally continued, " 'whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.' Without further ado, this year I am very proud to award the Henry Ward Beecher medal to the student whose quiet strength has carried up the most hearts. "So will August Pullman please come up here to receive this award?" "
Palacio, R.J. (2012).
New York: Alfred A. Knopf