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"The Chocolate War," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Life is not about selling boxes of chocolate. But in a financially struggling all-boys Catholic high school, it becomes the focus around which teachers and students unite (and fight). As you learn...
sinew, lassitude, leprosy, perusal, squander, stench, confrontation, crevice, quota, more...
40 words

"The London Eye Mystery," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-10

How can someone disappear from a Ferris wheel? How does a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome find his cousin before the London police? Pick up some clues from this list for the mystery novel by...
queue, abacus, souvenir, vanish, forecast, revenge, edible, devastate, coincidence, more...
35 words

"Boy: Tales of Childhood," Vocabulary from Parts 1-2

The man who wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's. For more golden details from the boyhood of Roald Dahl that inspired his bestselling children's...
amputate, ingenious, amiable, acquire, ambitious, subside, foliage, overwhelm, antibiotic, more...
40 words

Dylan Thomas at 100

Dylan Thomas would have been 100 years old on October 27, 2014. The Welsh poet, who died in 1953, is most famous for " Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," " A Child's Christmas in Wales," and the...
frail, leech, hew, dominion, tremulous, heedless, cipher, callous, judicious, more...
12 words

"The Help," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

As a collective noun, the title of the novel by Kathryn Stockett refers to the black maids working in the white households of the American South. As an abstract noun, "the help" could refer to the...
tote, fray, congeal, sorority, hussy, rheumatism, fiasco, reverie, gumption, more...
35 words

"Into the Wild," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

Be drawn "Into the Wild" through the words of Jon Krakauer as he retraces the steps of Alexander Supertramp, also known as Christopher McCandless, who chose to disappear from a safe and orderly life....
unsullied, infallibility, derelict, contumacious, autopsy, mawkish, estranged, encrypt, contrite, more...
40 words

"Bronx Masquerade," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

Set in a high school English classroom, "Bronx Masquerade" removes the masks from students as they step up to an open mike every Friday to share their poems. In this novel, Nikki Grimes, born and...
convince, defer, venture, seep, innocence, censor, brutality, routine, commence, more...
30 words

"The Odyssey," Vocabulary from Books 1-7

An odyssey now refers to any long wandering and eventful journey. But despite including encounters with an angry god, a one-eyed monster, and a man-changing witch, the ancient Greek poet Homer was not...
valor, affliction, baleful, din, glutton, rapine, eligible, havoc, lavish, more...
40 words
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