The blue sky was reflected in the water below, the white board felt scratchy under my feet, and the smell of hot dogs
wafted up from the snack stand.
of an integer that cannot be factored into other integers
I mean, I wasn’t sick or anything, but I was standing perfectly still, frozen as a Popsicle, counting
prime numbers in my head.
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
I shook my head and
clutched the board...29, 31, 37, 41.
cause to feel self-conscious
embarrassing, but I didn’t think I could do it on my own. Once I felt her palm on mine, it only took a minute for us to make our way down together.
a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting
My brother, David, is a glass of sweet iced tea on a hot summer day, when you’ve put your feet up in a
hammock and haven’t got a care in the world.
man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
Ever since the Soviets sent up that Sputnik
satellite last year, I’ve been studying really hard.
housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
That evening we were watching our brand-new 1958 RCA 21-inch mahogany television
a socialist in favor of collectivism in a classless society
Governor Faubus was on television, giving some sort of talk about Southern pride and
communists and, okay, I tried to pay attention, but it didn’t really make much sense.
incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
integration had gone so badly that President Eisenhower sent in soldiers to help keep the peace.
make calm or still
Usually the lions’ roaring
lulled me to sleep, but they were silent tonight, as quiet as the halls of Central would be tomorrow.
listen without the speaker's knowledge
So much for
Sally looked at her
communicable disease characterized by wasting of body parts
There are worse things in life than sitting alone. Like
a condition promoting sanitary practices
hygiene is very important.
a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
But sometimes, at night, when I hear the lions roaring and they’re really going at it, just growling and yowling, and roaring like a jet engine, sometimes I wish I could be like them, that I could just yell out whatever I was thinking or feeling and not care one
whit who heard.
distinctive and stylish elegance
But JT had
flair. He had confidence. That and really long eyelashes.
having similarity in corresponding parts
There was something creepy about Red’s perfectly
a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
Once, when we were all little kids playing in an old
quarry near our house, Red had called me over to see a butterfly he’d caught.
pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
Before I could
swoon over his words of endearment, JT picked up my homework and put it into his book.
the act of showing affection
Before I could swoon over his words of
endearment, JT picked up my homework and put it into his book.
in an uncontrolled manner
I spent all of homeroom
frantically doing my math homework.
a set of entries in a square matrix in a slanted direction
The simplest was a three-by-three square, with the numbers 1 to 9 arranged so that every row, column and
diagonal added up to 15.
the act of starting something for the first time
“Well, I have this book about the
founding of Little Rock and the Indians who used to live here and...”
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
And from the
smug look on her face, I was pretty sure she understood how much I liked math, after all.
She drank half the glass in one long gulp, then wiped her mouth daintily and said, “Did you have a nice day at school?”
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something
If I wanted to work on a top-secret space project someday, I couldn’t have any
blemishes on my record.
We could probably wait until the weekend before and still get an A.
“Marlee is going to talk,”
showing a brooding ill humor
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
call out loudly
It was fun after that. Singing to the seals and
hollering to the herons.
a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
“And I know they get their food and everything, and if they get sick, a vet gives them medicine. But don’t you think they’d rather be chasing a zebra across the
muscular and heavily built
burly guy with slicked-back hair moved over to make room for me.
with strained or eager attention
Sally's mother gazed at Liz
intently for a moment.
quick and energetic
He was grating carrots so
briskly, I was afraid we would find fingers in the salad.
She was getting
a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Looking for a
talisman. A good luck charm.”
a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil
Like she was going to find a gold
amulet or a magic ring lying around on the ground amidst popcorn and peanut shells.
cloudy, dirty, and difficult to see through
They slid silently into the
murky green water and paddled away.
the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations
Judy chattered on about the classes they had started broadcasting on TV for all the high school students. Eleventh grade was on channel eleven. Seven a.m., history; seven thirty a.m.,
algebra; eight a.m., English; and so on.
make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
Judy laughed, but it was good-natured.
“Heard he’s not the brightest.”
having or covered with protective points, spines, or thorns
Pretty soon, we came to an open lot with a
barbed wire fence.
an adult female horse
mare was very tame and stood still as I tried to arrange myself I’d ridden a horse once or twice before at Girl Scout camp, but of course I’d had a saddle then.
The mare was very
tame and stood still as I tried to arrange myself I’d ridden a horse once or twice before at Girl Scout camp, but of course I’d had a saddle then.
pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
One final drop of blood
oozed out and sat on my fingertip like a jewel, a secret given to me by my sister.