a musical composition consisting of a series of songs
It was a
medley of yellow and green flowers on the walls, with mustard-colored appliances.
Here, the word is used figuratively. The author is equating the flowers to music.
twist and press out of shape
“Be-e-each,” I said,
contorting my mouth into the same huge smile she had.
personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression
"You’ll both be given responsibilities around the house, but we’ll also give you certain
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
She walked over to Frankie and placed her hand on his back to
coax him out of my room.
a statement that is emphatic and explicit
This, for Frankie, was a
declaration of war, and he grabbed his own handful of mud to throw at me.
For the next couple of minutes, Frankie and I attacked each other
a cruelly rapacious person
"She’s going to think we’re
savages,” I whispered.
a state resembling deep sleep
In a dreamlike
trance, I pulled the gray wool sweater over my head.
place or put with great energy
She waved me over and
thrust the receiver into my open hand.
a shaky motion
I could hear the
quiver in Mama’s own voice.
a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
Frankie opened his mouth to say something, but only a
whimper escaped from his lips.
end, take out, or do away with
Castro was, in one way or another,
eliminating those who did not agree with him.
wicked, evil, or dishonorable
Now I could only hope that my parents would not be eliminated in a more
a local church community
After Mass, there was always coffee and doughnuts in the
censure severely or angrily
"Don’t say that, Frankie,” I
appeal or request earnestly
pleaded with my eyes for Mrs. Baxter to get off the phone.
extreme dullness; lacking spirit or interest
I gave her a halfhearted smile, but I just couldn’t shake my
patterned with alternating squares of color
I’d flipped the ends and chosen a wide orange headband that matched the
checkered dress Mrs. Baxter had fixed for me.
the most direct route
The bus driver closed the door, and Frankie made a
beeline for the back, where a boy his age was tossing a baseball.
move in large numbers
As the crowd
swarmed past me, I stopped to take in my surroundings.
able or tending to extend in one or more directions
At the end of the corridor was an
expansive stairway that led to the second floor.
to walk with a lofty proud gait
Mrs. Brolin patted my shoulder and
strutted back to her desk.
a change from one place or state or subject to another
I just know that starting high school can be a difficult
transition for any young girl.
a quick reply to a question or remark
I wanted to have a smart
comeback, but by the time I thought of something in English, most conversations had usually moved on.
the anxiety experienced when feeling vulnerable
insecurities felt exposed.