„Who are you?'
I didn't understand the question.
I'm Uri', he said. 'What's your name?'
I gave him my name. 'Stopthief.“

—  Jerry Spinelli, livro Milkweed

Fonte: Milkweed

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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American children's writer 1941

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