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"I see you got an A+++ in science."
"Your sister's pretty smart, huh?"
"This is a tough problem."
"Being the smartest girl in third grade is going to Melinda's head."
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"I figure the odds of you being the smartest girl in the class for three years in a row are practically zero."
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"You still need that recipe for boiling water?"
"Baldo, you're smart, but you should study more. Don't you worry about your future?"
"I get A's all the time and it's no big deal. You get one 'A' and everybody goes crazy! Why is that?"
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"There she is...Melinda Alvarez...the smartest girl in the third grade."
Gracie invents a smart spray from her science kit.
"It's so good to see them studying so hard. Gracie does it because of her thirst for knowledge. Baldo does it out of self-defense."
"Here...let me call an expert...someone who knows about these things."
"Tests! That's one thing I don't like about the end of school. I can't believe it! You're not finished studying, either?"
"Did you hear? Melinda Alvarez, the smartest girl in school, made an ice cream machine for her science project and then shared it with all her teachers! What did you make, Gracie?"
"What does your father do for a living?"
"I can't believe it. School starts tomorrow!"
"Finally...school starts next week."
"I don't like playing Scrabble with Gracie! She totally makes up all kinds of crazy words! And they're always in the dictionary!"
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"It's how she gets ready for the end of summer."
"I thought I'd get a much warmer reception."
"Those were the toughest tryouts I've ever had. Everyone has shown great improvement, but I only have one slot open. Congratulations, Gracie! You're the newest member of our academic decathlon team!"
"I started a collection!"
"My new treasure chest!"
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"It's one of life's great rules...do something great once and you'll hear about it forever. Do something great all the time and you're just another overachieving brainiac."
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"The standard model accounts for the 12 known particles of matter that interact via the strong, weak and electromagnetic fundamental forces. Okay, smart girl, do you understand that?"
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