a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment
slump (slŭmp) n. A drop in the activity of a business or the economy.
cause to feel shame
Evan knew he was being mean, and he hated being mean, especially to her. But he couldn't help it. He was so angry and so
humiliated and so full of bats, there was nothing else he could be.
the termination or disintegration of a relationship
breakup (brāk'up') n.
Dissolution of a unit, an organization, or a group of organizations. The Justice Department sometimes forces the breakup of a large corporation into several smaller companies.
a business firm recognized by law as a single body
breakup (brāk'up') n. Dissolution of a unit, an organization, or a group of organizations. The Justice Department sometimes forces the breakup of a large
corporation into several smaller companies.
of inferior size
He would show them all that she was okay. Not some
puny second-grader who didn't really belong.
brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light
This was the first year Jessie was old enough to participate, and she had begged her mom to buy foam core and gel pens and
fluorescent paper and special stickers for her display.
characterized by great firmness of purpose
determined to win the prize money: a hundred dollars!
united or combined
joint venture (
joint vĕn'char) n. Two or more people joining forces to sell a certain amount of goods or to work on a single project. When the goods are sold or the project is finished, the
joint venture ends.
a commercial undertaking that risks a loss
venture (joint vĕn'char) n. Two or more people joining forces to sell a certain amount of goods or to work on a single project. When the goods are sold or the project is finished, the joint
someone who exchanges goods or services for money
It was one of those large red plastic cups that
vendors use at professional baseball games.
the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
His mom had been battling a mad fruit-fly
infestation ever since the weather had turned really warm.
become stretched or taut
marked by eager anticipation
"Dude, you're—" Evan sat up
expectantly and looked down the street. "Hey, here comes our first customer."
a person who travels by foot
Within five minutes, there was a small crowd of neighborhood kids and
pedestrians buying lemonade from the stand.
an expert who gives advice
Mrs. Treski knew about these things because she was a public relations
someone who pays for goods or services
She'd even written a booklet called Ten Bright Ideas to Light Up Your Sales for one of her
a pause during which things are calm
lull in business, Evan walked all around the stand, picking up discarded plastic cups.
a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
That sounded high, even to him, but Evan was an
marked by extreme and violent energy
The sun beat down on them so
ferociously that it was easy to imagine the sidewalk cracking open and swallowing them whole.
devise or invent
They sat in silence, feeling the heat suck away every bit of their energy. Evan was
hatching a plan.
talk in a monotonous voice
He imagined himself wearing it as he walked to school. Wearing it on the playground. Hey, Megan. Yeah, it’s my iPod. Sweet, huh? Wearing it in class when the teacher
droned on about fractions and percents.
While Scott was
scrambling for his hat, Evan said, "Just hang here for a minute, okay?" and set off down the street.
Evan couldn't believe it: She
sneered at him.
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
All the kids from Mrs. Pawley's backyard were
chanting, "Lemon-ADE! Lemon-ADE! Lemon-ADE!"
And then he
stalked off, all stiff-legged and bristly.
And then he stalked off, all stiff-legged and
produced by crossbreeding
Or when she accidentally—well, not accidentally, but how was she supposed to know?—picked the red flowers in Grandma's garden that were a
deserving or inciting pity
From past experience, she'd learned that having a lemonade stand alone wasn't considered cool—it was considered
a stingy person who is unwilling to spend money
You don't want to pour less than that, or people will say you're being a
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
And just when Jessie and Megan were on the
verge of running out, Mrs. Moriarty went to the store and bought three more cans—free of charge!