a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
Here, the word is used figuratively. The author is equating the flowers to music.
It was a medley of yellow and green flowers on the walls, with mustard-colored appliances.
twist and press out of shape
“Be-e-each,” I said, contorting my mouth into the same huge smile she had.
personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
"You’ll both be given responsibilities around the house, but we’ll also give you certain liberties."
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
She walked over to Frankie and placed her hand on his back to coax him out of my room.
a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
This, for Frankie, was a declaration of war, and he grabbed his own handful of mud to throw at me.
without pity; in a merciless manner
For the next couple of minutes, Frankie and I attacked each other mercilessly.
a cruelly rapacious person
"She’s going to think we’re savages,” I whispered.
a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep
In a dreamlike trance, I pulled the gray wool sweater over my head.
place or put with great energy
She waved me over and thrust the receiver into my open hand.
a shaky motion
I could hear the quiver in Mama’s own voice.
a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
Frankie opened his mouth to say something, but only a whimper escaped from his lips.
terminate, end, or take out
Castro was, in one way or another, eliminating those who did not agree with him.
stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
Now I could only hope that my parents would not be eliminated in a more sinister way.
a local church community
After Mass, there was always coffee and doughnuts in the parish hall.
censure severely or angrily
"Don’t say that, Frankie,” I chided.
appeal or request earnestly
I pleaded with my eyes for Mrs. Baxter to get off the phone.
extreme dullness; lacking spirit or interest
I gave her a halfhearted smile, but I just couldn’t shake my dreariness.
patterned with alternating squares of color
I’d flipped the ends and chosen a wide orange headband that matched the checkered dress Mrs. Baxter had fixed for me.
the most direct route
The bus driver closed the door, and Frankie made a beeline for the back, where a boy his age was tossing a baseball.
move in large numbers
As the crowd swarmed past me, I stopped to take in my surroundings.
able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
At the end of the corridor was an expansive stairway that led to the second floor.
to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
Mrs. Brolin patted my shoulder and strutted back to her desk.
a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
I just know that starting high school can be a difficult transition for any young girl.
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
I wanted to have a smart comeback, but by the time I thought of something in English, most conversations had usually moved on.
the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure
All my insecurities felt exposed.