My daughter just gave me the book as a belated birthday present (I once was a hgh school English teacher), but I haven't read more than the cover flap yet. Looking at your excerpt here, it sounds very enjoyable.
Dave, your example sentence about the hospital is *really* confusing -- you used double quotes instead of single (smile). I get the idea, though.
I did do one book that reversed the use of single and double quotes. Ever since books have been getting lost, I've been keeping the files I worked on, so I just checked, and the book was Johnny Tremain (and I found that in one case I did what you did, Dave, and automatically put a double quote at the beginning of the sentence when it should have been, because of the stle of the rest of the book, a single quote). I don't understand why, though; I thought Esther Forbes was American, but maybe I'm wrong. Or maybe in the early days of our country books were written that way and she wanted to use the old style.