If you want to be happy, be.
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‘I don’t think you have explained why you let Maia–’
Miss Minton interrupted him. ‘I will explain. At least I will try to. You see, I have looked after some truly dreadful children in my time and it was easy not to get fond of them. After all, a governess is not a mother. But Maia… well, I’m afraid I grew to love her. And that meant I began to think what I would do if she was my child.’
‘And you would let her–’ began Mr. Murray.
But Miss Minton stopped him. ‘I would let her… have adventures. I would let her… choose her path. It would be hard… it was hard… but I would do it. Oh, not completely, of course. Some things have to go on. Cleaning one’s teeth, arithmetic. But Maia fell in love with the Amazon. It happens. The place was for her- and the people. Of course there was some danger, but there is danger everywhere……’ She broke off, gathering her thoughts. ‘When she was traveling and exploring… and finding her songs Maia wasn’t just happy; she was…herself. I think something broke in Maia when her parents died, and out there it was healed. Perhaps I’m mad–and the professor too–but I think children must lead big lives… if it is in them to do so. And it is in Maia.’
Extract from the book Journey to the river sea
By Eva Ibbotson
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London : Macmillan Children’s, 2011.
Call Number: J English IBB
Extract contributed by Fan Wenqing from Tanjong Katong Girls School
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Title: The Westing game
By Raskin Ellen
Call Number: Y English RAS
Title: From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
By Konigsburg, E. L.
Call Number: J English KON
Title: Dear Mr. Henshaw
By Cleary, Beverly.
Call Number: J English CLE
To what lengths would you go in pursuit of true happiness knowing that the path you take could also jeopardise your safety?