a contorted facial expression
He catches me looking at him, and his mouth shifts into a mean
indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way
I just bet partnering me with Bernard is some
devious experiment: what happens if we mix trouble-hating girl with bully boy?
The top slide has a tiny green-brown thing on it, and when I
peer through the microscope, I can see it’s a bug leg.
mark with spots or spatters
We’re all wearing low-top black Converses. Julia’s are really worn out, and Isabella’s are
splotched with purple paint.
a word or phrase that people use in particular situations
“When someone says, Know what I’m saying? it’s not like a real question,” Julia explains. “It’s an
make certain of the failure or destruction of
doomed,” Julia says matter-of-factly, like she’s all ready for my funeral.
concerned with actual use
They’re big and white and
having an offensive or unpleasant smell
We both head to the water fountain, and I’m wondering if putting deodorant on sweaty pits will keep me from being
funky later, when Coach West walks over.
greatly annoyed; out of patience
“Isn’t there anyone who can tell me something about him?” Her
exasperated voice has become full-on irritated.
a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery
“It can be a bit dense. But I’m surprised you didn’t learn he was a passionate
assume a drooping posture or carriage
slump in my seat and start picking at a tiny blob of ink stuck on my desk.
take to be the case or to be true
I hate when a teacher
assumes that just because I’m Black, I’ll know all about slavery and civil rights and stuff like that.
markedly new or introducing extreme change
“It was a pretty
radical belief for his time. That type of thinking wasn’t popular or well respected by many people back then. Emerson had to be fairly brave to be an abolitionist.”
a course that the student can select from among alternatives
Stacy ignores us and starts talking about how boring her computer
elective is, and then everyone starts talking about their
electives and how fun or awful they are.
dexterous in using more than one set of muscle movements
She knows I’m not very
coordinated, but come on. I can run, at least.
fasten with a metal fastener
It’s a small rectangle of metal, and I have to hit it over and over again with a
riveting hammer until it is completely covered with little round divots.
move somewhere quickly
Momma likes to pick me up after the long line of cars in the drop-off/pick-up zone has cleared out so she can just
whisk to the curb.
push one's way
barges into my room whenever she feels like it, but if I go into her room without knocking, she cuts my head off.
go through in search of something
Hana’s smile gets wide, but then she looks at me like I caught her
rifling through Momma’s purse, and she frowns at me.
insert between other elements
“Your father just means a lot—”
invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body
arthropods?” I ask.
a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's sound after laying an egg
Bernard breaks out into loud
sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
Bernard grabs my hand and yanks me up, and I
sprawl right into him like I’m one of those rings clanging into the pole.
strike accidentally against an object
Isabella hadn’t said one thing about getting her braces off when we were all texting last night. And the only pictures she posted online were of Kahlo, one of her cats, and her swollen toe after she
care for one's external appearance
I look at Isabella too. With her nonbushy hair, big hazel eyes, regular-sized forehead, perfectly
groomed eyebrows, and shiny straight teeth.
causing disapproval or protest
One of the boys, Daniel Richards, says something to Alex, and at first Alex looks around, a little confused. Daniel is
obnoxious, so I know whatever he said can’t be good.
a short, catchy, often comic verse or song
Alex starts singing that commercial
jingle about good-smelling shampoo, but in the commercial it’s a girl singing it, and I know the boys are trying to make Alex feel embarrassed.
be afraid or scared of
So, on the first day of track practice, I walk real slow to the locker room,
dreading doing this at all without a friend.
unwillingness to respect differences in opinions or beliefs
“Our country has so many great things, but it also has a long history of
intolerance. Sometimes trials like this one are...benchmarks. They can show how far we’ve come, or how far we’ve yet to go."
save up as for future use
“What’s gotten into you?” Julia asks, looking at me suspiciously. She knows I like to
hoard my chips.