"Wonder," Vocabulary from Part 2 30 words

R.J. Pallacio's children's novel "Wonder" follows a handicapped boy through a harrowing journey from the safe solitude of home schooling to the difficulties of public school.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  1. essential
    of the greatest importance
    What is essential is invisible to the eye.
  2. zoom
    move along very quickly
    So I jumped up kind of suddenly, like a bee had landed on me, and followed Veronica as she zoomed away.
  3. bold
    fearless and daring
    Mr. Browne’s December precept was: Fortune favors the bold.
  4. kinetic
    characterized by motion
    It’s not enough that we have to sit through class after class and try to stay awake while they fill our heads with all this stuff we will probably never need to know, like how to figure out the surface area of a cube or what the difference is between kinetic and potential energy.
  5. inkling
    a slight suggestion or vague understanding
    Although I don’t know the details, I have an inkling about what may have sparked the confrontation with Julian.
  6. valid
    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
    Although I think hitting a child would be valid grounds for expulsion in other schools, I agree such extreme measures aren’t warranted here.
  7. ensure
    make certain of
    We have known the Will family since our boys were in kindergarten, and are confident that every measure will be taken to ensure this doesn't happen again.
  8. retrospect
    contemplation of things past
    In retrospect, and having now seen the child in question at various school functions and in the class pictures, I think it may have been too much to ask of our children to be able to process all that.
  9. transition
    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    We think the transition to middle school is hard enough without having to place greater burdens or hardships on these young, impressionable minds.
  10. impressionable
    easily impressed or influenced
    We think the transition to middle school is hard enough without having to place greater burdens or hardships on these young, impressionable minds.
  11. stringent
    demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    At the very least, I am somewhat troubled that this child was not held to the same stringent application standards (i.e. interview) that the rest of the incoming middle-school students were.
  12. protocol
    code of correct conduct
    We felt that this slight break in protocol was warranted but in no way prejudicial—in one way or another—to the application review.
  13. incident
    a public disturbance
    If compared with the word "accident," this word is related to a public disturbance that happens by will, whereas accident is one that happens by chance.
    Thank you for being so understanding about this incident with Jack.
  14. undue
    beyond normal limits
    Please know we have asked Jack if he felt any undue pressure about any of this, and the answer was a resolute “no.”
  15. resolute
    characterized by quickness and firmness
    Please know we have asked Jack if he felt any undue pressure about any of this, and the answer was a resolute “no.”
  16. hypocrite
    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
    Okay, I’m a total hypocrite.
  17. flirt
    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    ...she doesn’t flirt like some other girls do...
  18. immaculate
    completely neat and clean
    ...her room is immaculate...
  19. spry
    moving quickly and lightly
    ...and a number of people who thought they were right young and spry have noticed that they can’t bound up a flight of stairs like they used to...
  20. flutter
    beat rapidly
    ...they can’t bound up a flight of stairs like they used to, without their heart fluttering a little...
  21. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    ...she smiles, uncups her hands, and the ladybug, as if on cue, spreads its wings and flits away...
  22. monologue
    a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
    ...the play is taking up most of my time as we get closer to opening night, lots of lines to remember, long monologues where it’s just me talking...
  23. pluck
    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    ...it’s not written that way, but Mr. Davenport thinks it adds an extra-folksy element to have the stage manager plucking on a fiddle...
  24. diorama
    a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
    It was the same setup as the Egyptian Museum back in December, except this time there were volcanoes and molecule dioramas on the tables instead of pyramids and pharaohs.
  25. pathetic
    inspiring scornful pity
    This lie was so pathetic that people were actually laughing about him behind his back.
  26. cringe
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    No one really cringes if I bump into them anymore, and people borrow my pencils without acting like the pencil has cooties.
  27. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    You’re moody and taciturn and secretive.
  28. whimper
    cry weakly or softly
    “She just started whimpering all of a sudden,” said Via, kneeling down next to Mom.
  29. ovation
    enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
    I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.
  30. suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    She was hugging Via so hard I thought Via would suffocate, but Via was laughing.