void of thought or knowledge
vacant look in her eyes.
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
tousled Frankie’s hair, then took the ball and placed it on the floor next to the table.
grave or even gloomy in character
somber mood frightened me.
a formal written statement of relinquishment
Alicia Milian was able to get us some visa
waivers for you and Frankie
a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
I watched as passengers, both adults and children, formed a line by a glass
to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
This word is sometimes used in a figurative way that means to take someone away from something, as it does here.
Papa walked over and
pried Frankie away.
round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
The young boy wasn’t crying, or at least I couldn’t tell if he was because he had his shoulders
hunched over and seemed to be keeping his head down low.
goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
"We are conducting random searches for
contraband,” announced the male soldier.
express through a scornful smile
“EL quinto giuano, ”
sneered the woman.
cause to herd, drive, or crowd together
A sigh of relief escaped from my lips as the soldiers
herded three other kids into a small room.
elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
I’d never been on a plane before, and seeing things from this
altitude gave me a new perspective on how small we really were.
short and plump
Laura waved at a short,
pudgy man and a woman with gray hair pulled into a bun.
deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention
Here, although I was only a couple hundred miles away, everything felt more
sterile, like I'd just walked into an office building.
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
"Our first stop will be the Kendall
a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
"Don’t worry, it may look like army
barracks, but the people there will make you and Frankie as comfortable as possible."
hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
The station wagon pulled into a parking space between two
looming gray buildings separated by a narrow road.
pressing importance requiring speedy action
Classes at the camp reminded me of school in Cuba, except here there was a sense of
urgency in learning English.
a rotary duplicator that uses a stencil through which ink is pressed (trade mark Roneo)
It still had the smell of the
mimeograph machine that it had been printed on.
a message transmitted by telegraph
Mrs. Eckhart already sent a
telegram to them saying that we were staying here.
a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
I knew that all the mail was checked and read by the Cuban
censors, but how much longer would it take?
the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
"Lucia, we’ve tried, and Frankie knew there'd be
boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
Frankie just crossed his arms and kept the
defiant look in his eye.
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
“It’s not the way things are normally done . . . we have a
highly imaginative but unlikely
Frankie’s fears about being slaves suddenly didn’t seem so far-fetched.
small area set off by walls for special use
He paused in front of a small
kiosk, bought a newspaper, then continued down the terminal.