I am so sorry this 2003 book is out of print. Definitely my favorite for read-alopuds at school visits. "A bat flew into the dining room / at the hotel restaurant, by the lake./ Mistake." Only "strange Melissa, at school they called her weird" is able to free the bat from the restaurant's pandemonium of frightened diners. School Library Journal:" ...an evocative, lyrical prose poem in this tale of one frantic flying mammal and one quiet young girl who really cares what happens to it"
Fuyuhiko-"Are...are you...are you okay? Chi...Chiaki?" Chiaki-*snores* Fuyuhiko-"Chiaki? Aw man, the fuck? You asleep again? HEY!" Chiaki-"Nngh...hmm...huh?" *opens eyes* "Fuyuhiko? Huh? What happened?" Fuyuhiko-"The hell, Chiaki?" Chiaki Nanami and Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu -- Super Danganronpa 2
"What geomancy reads what the wind blown sand writes on the desert rock? I read there that all things live by a generous power, and dance to a mighty tune, or else I read that all things are scattered and hurled, and that our every arabesque and grand jete is but a frantic variation on our one free fall."--Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek