void of thought or knowledge
A vacant look in her eyes.
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
Papa tousled Frankie’s hair, then took the ball and placed it on the floor next to the table.
grave or even gloomy in character
Papa’s 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 partition.
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 facility."
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 consequences.”
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 process.”
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.