markedly different from the usual
I didn’t know it then, but that face belonged to Phoebe Winterbottom, a girl who had a powerful imagination, who would become my friend, and who would have many
peculiar things happen to her.
having a difficult and contrary disposition
Sometimes I am as
ornery and stubborn like an old donkey.
an insane person
And that is how I happened to suspend my tree prayers and tell them about Phoebe Winterbottom, her disappearing mother, and the
to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
I was being
imprecise but fairly close to correct
When at last we left Mrs. Cadaver and Mrs. Partridge, we drove for
approximately three minutes.
toasted or roasted slightly
There were Megan and Christy, who jumped up and down like
parched peas, moody Beth Ann, and pink-cheeked Alex.
extraordinarily large in size or extent or degree
She had a pleasant round face and huge,
enormous sky-blue eyes.
an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose
For example, I was terrified of car accidents, death, cancer, brain
tumors, nuclear war, pregnant women, loud noises, strict teachers, elevators, and scads of other things.
substantially made or constructed
Grandmother and Grandfather Pickford stand straight up, as if
sturdy, steel poles ran down their backs.
deserving of esteem
"It takes a lot of concentration to be that
an act boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
My mother said that Grandmother Pickford's one act of
defiance in her whole life as a Pickford was in naming her.
old and twisted and covered in lines
gnarled cane with a handle carved in the shape of a cobra's head lay across her knees.
a sharp high-pitched cry
My father gave a little
yelp, and all around people were automatically saying, ‘Oh!’ and ‘Amazing’ and all that.
The woman was
peering at her engine and dabbing a white handkerchief at various greasy items inside.
The woman's white handkerchief, now spotted with black grease,
dangled from her fingertips as she smiled down on the back of Gramps, who had taken her place leaning over the engine.
a field covered with grass and suitable for grazing
And then I started thinking about the blackberries, and I remembered a time my mother and I walked around the rims of the fields and
pastures in Bybanks, picking blackberries.
water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight
The next morning when I went into the kitchen, my father was standing beside the table looking at two small dishes of blackberries—still shiny and wet with
dew—one dish at his place and one at mine.
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
swerved across two lanes of traffic and onto the exit ramp, and faster than you could milk a cow we were standing barefoot in the cool water of Lake Michigan.
Compare with the vocabulary word "veer".
outlying areas, as of a city or town
We stopped that night on the
outskirts of Chicago.
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
Our plan was to curve across the lower part of Wisconsin,
veer into Minnesota, and then barrel straight on through Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, sweep up into Montana, and cross the Rocky Mountains into Idaho.
Compare with the vocabulary word "swerve".
have in mind as a purpose
intend to stop too much until we reached South Dakota, and he was really looking forward to South Dakota.
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
“Sal, do you
detect any signs of lunacy?"
existing in possibility
We were sitting on the floor of Mary Lou’s room, and Phoebe was telling Mary Lou about the mysterious
shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
“Do you really have German
shrapnel in your leg?”
naive and easily deceived or tricked
My father once said I was as
gullible as a fish.
relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
My mother had not liked the term
used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies
She thought it sounded
primitive and stiff.
In this example sentence, the word is used with an insulting tone.
capable of arousing interest or curiosity
Mary Lou thought the messages (this one and the other one) were
get or gather together
I thought it was going to be only me and Phoebe and Mary Lou going, but by the time we left the house, we had
accumulated Tommy and Dougie as well.
I looked over to where Ben was standing, but he and Mary Lou were busy
rummaging around in the chocolate bars.