Bridge to Terabithia
"I hope they have a girl, six or seven," said May Belle. "I need somebody to play with."
"You got Joyce Ann."
"I hate Joyce Ann. She's nothing but a baby." (2.4-6)
The person slid off the fence and came toward him. "I thought we might as well be friends," it said. "There's no one else close by." (2.49)
He nodded and smiled again. She smiled back. He felt there in the teachers' room that it was the beginning of a new season in his life, and he chose deliberately to make it so. (4.15)