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"I see you got an A+++ in science."
"Boy or a girl, it doesn't matter. As long as it's a whiz kid."
'They kicked you out of the gifted class. You've been regifted.'
"There she is...Melinda Alvarez...the smartest girl in the third grade."
"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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"Your sister's pretty smart, huh?"
"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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"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."
"I can't believe it. School starts tomorrow!"
Gracie invents a smart spray from her science kit.
"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?"
"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?"
"What does your father do for a living?"
"Papi, can someone be too smart for their own good?"
"The best thing about winning an academic decathlon...is the new friends you make."
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"Tia Carmen, did you ever wish summer was over...so you could be in school?"
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"Aren't you young to be worrying about college?"
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"I want to be a doctor. But I also want to be an accountant! Maybe I'll be a doctor who does her own taxes."
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"I thought I'd get a much warmer reception."
"Parting is such sweet sorrow, but while we cannot delay these approaching days of leisure, I must leave assured...that you and I equally will survive this dreadful separation."
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Gracie's baby toys.