• She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh. My sense of humor had always measured up to everyone else's; but timid introverted me, I showed it sparingly: I was a smiler. In her presence I threw back my head and laughed out loud for the first time in my life

    Jerry Spinelli (2012). “The Stargirl Collection”, p.71, Knopf Books for Young Readers