That day, Mrs. Peterson could see that we were badly shaken.
Gibbie finally spoke up. "Mrs. Peterson," he said, "we're all junkyard kids, even though you try to make us feel better about it. We're throwaways, junk, and everyone knows it."
"Oh, my dear, that's where you are wrong," she said wistfully. "Everyone of you is my wonder!... Don't you realize what a junkyard really is?"
"A place for things that nobody wants," Jody answered.
"Oh, it is a place of wondrous possibilities! What some see as bent and broken throwaways are actually amazing things waiting to be made into something new. Something unexpected. Something surprising."
- The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco