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  • They danced for the rest of the half hour, stopping to swallow their meager lunches only while Signor Carlotti was changing the phonograph between songs.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Inside, along with the rest of our meager possessions, were the Tales.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • But as I bent down to gather the photos, the crash came again, and in an instant what meager light had shone through the hole in the floor faded away, and I found myself squatting in inky darkness.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • But when a law school classmate, Charles Bliss, moved to Atlanta for a job with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, we realized that if we pooled our meager salaries, we could afford a low-rent apartment.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • I looked over my meager possessions.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I dressed and began my usual ablutions: a quick wash with a dampened rag, a fitful, pulling shave with a knife’s edge, and then a meager, rationed morning meal of barley porridge and tea from the officers’ mess.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I look at my meager supply of blister packs.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I fumbled through my meager supplies and found Percy Jackson’s Led Zeppelin T-shirt.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She shopped for food, paid for it out of her meager salary and scrubbed Daisy’s kitchen and bathroom without ever being asked.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Every night she shrank from the moment when she and Judith must make the dread ascent to the upstairs chamber with only the meager comfort of a warming pan.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • Only gentle Ella could convince her to eat her meager rations.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • His meager harvest was safely stored away.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • From these meager beginnings he built the giant Westing Paper Products Corporation and founded the city of Westingtown to house his thousands of workers and their families.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • We did have a meager emergency reserve, a secret stash of ten gold coins my grandmother had given my mother before we left Narewka.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Stripped of family and identity, fed meager rations, consigned to hard wooden seats until we are to be, as Slobbery Jack suggested, sold into slavery our mere existence is punishment enough.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He spent as much time as he could in the school’s meager library, reading through the most challenging books he could find.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Thus she had a certain dependence on him, totally aside from her meager pay.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Oddly enough, I had quite enjoyed the rummage through the memorabilia of the late Beaton, and treating those few patients, with however meager a resource, had made me feel truly solid and useful once more.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Mom reset her splint, improving my meager attempt to help, and the bandages are fresh.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The name of the sword cannot be spoken by your meager human tongue.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The Gladers around him stood silent, clutching their meager weapons.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • When the meager fluid bathed his tongue, he stopped, paused, and then swallowed.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Each tessera is worth a meager year’s supply of grain and oil for one person.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • This was a spare meagre body.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Every day, he labored from dawn to sundown, plowing his field and turning the soil and tending to his meager pistachio trees.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • In the stable buck’s room a small electric globe threw a meager yellow light.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • He raked through the meager toys, hurling them against the wall.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • They finished the meager store of potatoes and carrots they had saved from the last agricultural area, and now they were always hungry.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • We eat a mishmash of our remaining food—canned peaches, crackers, and snails—leaving one can of salmon for Tigris as meager thanks for all she’s done.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Until now he had been too much ashamed of his pale and meagre body, with the varicose veins standing out on his calves and the discoloured patch over his ankle.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And what made it worse in Okonkwo’s case was that he had to support his mother and two sisters from his meagre harvest.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • His wife, on the contrary, whose maiden name had been Madeleine Radelle, was pale, meagre, and sickly-looking.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • —Let me begin with facts, bare, meager facts, verified by books and figures, and of which there can be no doubt.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Hazelle strokes his hair and whispers something while my mother and Prim go through their meager store of painkillers, the kind usually accessible only to doctors.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • It would have come in handy now that her washing-machine fund, which was meager enough to begin with, had been parceled out to all the neighborhood kids.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Hazel Grace, could I, with my meager intellectual capacities, make up a letter from Peter Van Houten featuring phrases like ’our triumphantly digitized contemporaneity’?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The meagre Latin class recited with honor.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Which exhausted what meager savings the Olinka had, and nearly wiped out the money Samuel and I had managed to put by for the education of the children once we return home.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • We’d all do it then until we had used up our meager supply.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • They were meagre in the extreme.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • He walked from one booth to another, evaluating the goods with a buyer’s eye, despite his meager supply of coins.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • There had been no handkerchiefs to work upon, for two or three days, and the dinners had been rather meagre.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She rests uneasily in the silence, watching ants boil darkly over the crumbs of what seemed, to begin with, an impossibly meager lunch.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The butcher and the porkman painted up, only the leanest scrags of meat; the baker, the coarsest of meagre loaves.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Through the open door the moonshine fell into the room in a cold radiance to rival our meager lamplight.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It ought to have felt exhilarating, but the girl’s eyes had teared up and her face was drooping, and what satisfaction Mariam found from this outburst felt meager, somehow illicit.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • King Baldwin granted the soldiers’ request, and the Knights took up their meager residence inside the devastated shrine.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He pulls her into his lap, silencing meager protests with full-lipped kisses.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • In his flight the sound of these following footsteps gave him his one meager relief.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Rations had become more meager: this was the only change.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
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