"Brady looked at his sword and grinned. Too bad his dad hadn’t seen him do that. His mom would have freaked out, but she would have been proud of him. Even Mr. Tibbetts would have been impressed. Brady realized that he missed all three of them."
from The Train From Outer Space
"Billy wipes his eyes, takes a big breath.... tries to memorize this amazing scene: Hansel and Gretel, the big shiny lamp, pixies, flowers, snails, trolls, even a dragon. “Wow, nobody’s ever going to believe us.” Billy looks down at the gold coin in his hand. “Then again, maybe they will..”
from Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen