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Ana Maria Machado Quotes

10 of the best book quotes from Ana Maria Machado
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″‘Would you like to know a secret that no one else even suspects?’ Bisa Bea lives with me. No one knows about her. No one can see her.”
Ana Maria Machado
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Me in the Middle
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Bisa Bea
Isabel (Me in the Middle)
characters
secrets
grandmothers
going unseen
concepts
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“Bisa Bea lives with me, but not beside me. Bisa Bea lives very close to me. Actually, she lives inside me.”
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″‘My great-grandmother, Bisabuela Beatriz...’ That was when I began to think of her as my Bisa Bea. And I wanted her picture. ‘Hey, Mama, can I keep the picture? It’s so pretty. She’s like a doll. Can I keep it?‘”
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“I thought of stuffing the picture into my pants pocket, but it wouldn’t fit. Only when I got to know Bisa Bea better did I learn the truth. She doesn’t like girls in pants or shorts, not even nice ones. She thinks they’re boys’ clothes. Sometimes she has the strangest ideas.”
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“So why do I need to get to know her as if she were still a girl? You act like she’s alive.”
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“Just then Sergio walked up. He is the nicest boy in the class- the most fun, with the best ideas. I love talking to him. Sometimes I think the two of us should get married when we grow up. I would like to spend the rest of my life looking at him, listening to him tell me things, doing things together. And I wanted him to meet Bisa Bea.”
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″‘The difference is that in this picture you were fatter, with chubbier cheeks. But it’s you for sure!’ Realizing that our classmates were around, he added loudly, ‘Don’t think I wouldn’t recognize that jelly-donut face anywhere.‘”
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″‘Bisa Bea, do you want to come out and play with us?’ She didn’t exactly give me an answer, but I knew she was dying to go out and play. First, silence means consent. Then I only had to look into her eyes to see how brightly they shone when I mentioned the idea.”
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“He was laughing, teasing and shouting at me, but he never slowed down. He ran and ran. He was really afraid that I’d beat him up.”
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″‘I love these old photographs. I collect them. This one is especially nice. Who is it?’ she asked. ‘My great-grandmother.’ ‘Of course. I should have guessed. You look so much alike. Anyone looking carefully would realize it. Your face is the same shape, you’ve got the same pointy chin- you’re a perfect copy.‘”

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