Quotes from Ivy and Bean

Annie Barrows ·  120 pages

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“Nancy thought Bean was a pain and a pest. Bean thought Nancy was a booger-head.”
― Annie Barrows, quote from Ivy and Bean

― Annie Barrows, quote from Ivy and Bean

“I don’t think they’re really mad,” said Ivy. “You don’t?” They had seemed pretty mad to Bean. “They have to act mad so they’ll seem fair to your sister,”
― Annie Barrows, quote from Ivy and Bean

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Annie Barrows
Born place: The United States
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