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"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

"Escape from Camp 14," Vocabulary from the Preface-Chapter 4

Subtitled "One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West," the biography by Blaine Harden recounts the life of Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born in a total-control zone prison camp....
redemption, elite, security, remedial, vigilance, edification, mandatory, endure, unveil, more...
40 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

"The Monkey's Paw," Vocabulary from the short story

Be careful what you wish. Based on a short story by W. W. Jacobs (etext found here), this list contains unhappy words that connect to a magical monkey's paw.
peril, fatal, condole, grimace, sorrow, grave, solemnly, consequence, talisman, 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
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