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"Frankenstein," Vocabulary from Letter 1-Chapter 4

See the words that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley used to bring her nightmare to life, and discover who Frankenstein really is and how he fits the subtitle of "The Modern Prometheus" (etext found here)....
enterprise, surpass, phenomenon, satiate, expedition, ascertain, ardor, industrious, astonishment, more...
30 words

"The Westing Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-7

Where there is a will, there is a motive to solve a murder. In a mystery awarded the Newbery Medal, Ellen Raskin pairs up sixteen different characters to figure out the clues left by Samuel W....
luxury, tenant, authentic, grapple, corpse, asylum, facade, podiatrist, ulcer, more...
35 words

"Farewell to Manzanar," Vocabulary from the Foreword-Part 1

The subtitle of the nonfiction narrative written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston is "a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment." The...
impact, armada, ransack, saboteur, turbulent, futile, persecute, ambush, humiliate, more...
35 words

"Endangered," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

In a story set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eliot Schrefer plunges readers into the heart of darkness where chimpanzees need protection, presidents are assassinated, and fourteen-year-old...
random, maim, dedicate, fluent, wince, toddle, fragile, sanctuary, tunic, more...
35 words

"The Cricket in Times Square," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

The cricket's name is Chester, and he is from Connecticut. Through a picnic basket, he ends up in the Times Square subway station. With his newfound friends Tucker (a mouse), Harry (a cat), and Mario...
abandoned, tend, murmur, subside, lurch, niche, babble, thicket, inspect, more...
35 words

"Unbroken," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

In "Unbroken," Lauren Hillenbrand recounts the tumultuous and amazingly true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who after surviving being stranded at sea for 40 days, becomes a prisoner of...
dirigible, tout, typhoon, pneumonia, testament, avuncular, smattering, goad, exasperated, more...
30 words

"Middlesex," Vocabulary from Book One

For the first-person narrator created by Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex is both a geographical neighborhood "designed for a new type of human being, who would inhabit a new world" and a physical...
liturgy, neglect, recessive, hubris, diaspora, nonchalance, obstreperous, chromosome, hormone, more...
30 words

Mark Strand (1934-2014) Tribute List

Former Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Mark Strand died of cancer on November 29. He was 80 years old. Radio host Michael Silverblatt called Strand "a gloomy gus,"...
seep, brevity, snarl, crux, ashen, inconsolable, annul, luster, pang, more...
10 words
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