Query about queries

Working on issue tracker. Have get and post routes passing, but noticed something odd when checking to see how adding a query worked.

https://boilerplate-project-issuetracker.carolmurphy.repl.co/api/issues/apitest?
%22open%22=true&status_text=say%20what?

If the quotes around open are left off, I get an empty array, no records returned. If I put the quotes around status_text I get all records with a value for status_text. If the quotes are removed, I get only the records for the value ‘say what?’
Why is that?
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