determine the direction of traveling
maneuvered the blades carefully around the page.
a collection containing a variety of kinds of things
The yellow Whitman’s Sampler box that held my colored pencils, stickers, and scraps of paper still smelled of chocolate but no longer contained a delicious
assortment of candy.
so thin as to transmit light
I looked up at Mom, who stood over me in her HECHO EN MEXICO T-shirt and a knee-length
decorate with needlework
Plus, she likes to wear these
embroidered dresses and skirts, and wraps called rebozos.
a sign of a thing about to happen
“Mom’s never-ending knitting project. It’s a bad
showing faith in magic and ignorance of the laws of nature
“I didn’t know you were so
superstitious,” he said.
in a manner showing anger at something unjust or wrong
“She could,” I said
showing a sense of shame
I gave Dad a
applicable to an entire class or group
It was furnished in that
generic way homes in furniture catalogs are.
a state of nervous depression
“If it will get you out of this
funk,” Mom said with a sigh.
the back side of the neck
Her hair was gathered into a stubby bunny tail at the
nape of her neck.
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
She let out a
make or become wrinkled or creased
furrowed the way it does when she’s in a work trance, like she was already thinking about her great new job and had forgotten all about me.
a canvas canopy to shelter people or things from rain or sun
The coffee shop we walked to had a bright red
awning that said CALACA COFFEE.
a large unpartitioned space over a commercial space
There were steps leading up to a
loft area with floor seating where pillows of mismatched colors, patterns, and sizes surrounded a few short tables.
a hair style in which the hair is swept up from the forehead
Mixed in with them were fifties rock-and-roll singers with greased
pompadours, and Mexican singers with big mustaches and bigger hats.
not far removed from or suggestive of nature
earthy and sweet, like cinnamon and piloncillo.
a bottomless gulf or pit
“If I were a sailor back in Columbus’s day, I’d be afraid we were going to drop off into an
abyss and be eaten by a giant sea serpent.”
of or relating to or used in cooking
Our food arrived, and I inspected my Soyrizo for signs of cilantro, my
culinary archnemesis, just in case.
money granted for advanced study or research
“It’s a big deal to be offered this visiting professor
fellowship,” Mom said.
be in a huff and display one's displeasure
“I hope you’ll at least try, for your own sake and for my sanity. No more
an outward appearance
“Is this really the
impression you want to make on people who don’t know anything about you?”
postpone doing what one should be doing
stalled a bit, looking at my schedule and then at the number next to the door.
move or walk stealthily
slinked down into my chair when the girl sitting across the aisle spoke to me.
a quick reply to a question or remark
The words spilled out before I realized it was not only rude but a pointless
retort, since she didn’t appear to wear anything but lip gloss.
draw back, as with fear, pain, or embarrassment
cringed at the sound of my name and raised my hand.
manner of acting or controlling yourself
I could feel Selena watching me as I stuffed my notebook and the code of
conduct booklet into my backpack.
collect or gather
Some kids were harder to guess, but we were a herd of dress-code violators, and the man on the stage was
judge or regard in a particular way
No physical alterations that are
deemed potentially disruptive, including, but not limited to, unnatural hair color, makeup, or piercings.
characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
No physical alterations that are deemed potentially
disruptive, including, but not limited to, unnatural hair color, makeup, or piercings.
emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good
“But these are the rules, guys. Don’t like them? Figure out a
constructive way to express yourselves.”
a social scientist specializing in the study of humanity
I watched them like I was an
marked by skill in deception
“Look, I’m not here to bother you,” she said, giving me a
sly smile that said otherwise.
rise and move, as in waves
I pictured Mom flying through the air with a rebozo cape
billowing behind her and stifled a giggle.
smother or suppress
I pictured Mom flying through the air with a rebozo cape billowing behind her and
stifled a giggle.