a belief that can guide behavior
New teachers don’t know the rules, so you can get away with things the old-timers would squash you for. That was my
a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
The first day of school. I was nervous. Somewhat. The sweaty-palms-and-dry-mouth
surpassing what is common or usual or expected
A red-haired woman who proved to be
exceptional at multitasking greeted us with a smile and a slight nod.
destroy microorganisms or pathogens by cleansing
The halls smelled stuffy but clean, like they’d just been
I immediately made a data table of all the letters and their
corresponding values. A quick reference for me.
sufficiently valuable to justify the investment of time
I figured this could still be a
worthwhile strategy for other words.
an elaborate and systematic plan of action
I figured this could still be a worthwhile
strategy for other words.
She loves to wear
flashy clothes—dresses, skirts, fancy shoes—and she always has the accessories to go with them.
an article worn to complement one's main clothing
She loves to wear flashy clothes—dresses, skirts, fancy shoes—and she always has the
accessories to go with them.
walk with a lofty proud gait
strutted to the board like he was the coolest thing since sliced bread and wrote it for the class.
move or walk stealthily
slunk back to his seat. No surprise to me, Mr. Terupt knew what Peter was up to the whole time.
snickered. “That’s enough, Luke. I must say, this isn’t a word I was expecting, but nonetheless, it’s our first dollar word. Congratulations.”
despite anything to the contrary
Mr. Terupt snickered. “That’s enough, Luke. I must say, this isn’t a word I was expecting, but
nonetheless, it’s our first dollar word. Congratulations.”
a small roofed building affording shade and rest
There’s playground equipment in another spot, and a large field for running around and playing sports, like kickball or football. That’s where the
gazebo is, too—by the edge of the field.
cause to feel confident
Only Mom understands, and I feel a little better when she
reassures me that I’ll thin out as I grow.
be mad, angry, or furious
It’s a good thing Danielle was her partner. She’s the patient kind. Anyone else would have been
any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
Mr. T let us feed our plant any
concoction we wanted to over the course of a week.
any animal or plant material used to fertilize land
“Lexie. Maple syrup comes from trees. I drink soda a lot, and I’m growing—and farmers put animal
manure on their fields all the time. So zip it. It’s going to work.”
control or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
Mr. Terupt told us to
manipulate the plant’s nourishment. “Feed it whatever you want,” he said. “Make your own concoctions.”
causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
Mr. Terupt, on the other hand, appeared a little
uneasy about the whole thing, but he never stopped me.
rise up as if in waves
billowing from my concoction.
discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
Jeffrey thought this
confrontation was a big deal.
an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience
“I saw,” I said. And I saw
flashbacks of smoke pouring out of the bowl. I knew I wasn’t ever going to be a botanist (dollar word).
a biologist specializing in the study of plants
“I saw,” I said. And I saw flashbacks of smoke pouring out of the bowl. I knew I wasn’t ever going to be a
botanist (dollar word).
“I don’t want to kill my plant,” I
expel from a community or group
My mom has warned me not to get involved in that popularity stuff. She was
avoid and stay away from deliberately
I can tell that she still hurts inside from all of it. Even her own parents
poke or thrust abruptly
“What do you want?” she shot back,
jabbing her stick too hard into the ground, causing it to snap in half.
a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
I walked alongside Jessica until I saw Lexie marching toward us. She had a mean
scowl on her face.
characterized by great firmness of purpose
She looked mad. Real mad—like a mama cow
determined to keep you away from her new calf.