being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
“Really? Because you sure don’t look like everything’s
something said in a restrained way for ironic contrast
“Well, he’s not really my boyfriend.” Now, that’s an
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
Coach West nods. “When I was in junior high, my best friend was so gorgeous, and I was just this tall,
homely girl with pimples and braces.”
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
Hana nods. “Yeah, me and Regina were talking about how bad things are getting. There was almost a riot at the last Black Lives Matter
rally when a bunch of people started shouting against us. But stuff like that can make it seem like our movement is just about spreading violence.”
financial aid provided to a student on the basis of merit
I want a
scholarship to play ball next year. It’s not fair that I have to take some schools off my list because I would be afraid to live there.
dignified and somber in manner or character
My family is pretty
solemn on the way home, and it’s like no one wants to be first to break the silence, but then Daddy clears his throat.
unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
“But you’ve been talking to Tyler?” Her voice sounds
composed of or covered with small particles
You’re hunched over with your butt sticking up, your feet pressed hard against the pedals, your itchy palms raised, with just the tips of your fingers on the
gritty track, waiting.
gather or bring together
I grab my lunch from my locker but can’t
muster up my standard slam, and then I make my way outside.
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
“Yeah,” Isabella says, and her voice sounds really
wait in hiding to attack
ambushes me in between third and fourth period. He pulls me over to a corner in the hallway, and I’m caught.
enter into someone's consciousness
I’m so wrapped up in the moment of him actually talking to me that at first I think he’s asking about Julia, because I had wondered the same thing. And then my brain goes, Well, that’s silly—he doesn’t even know Julia, so I think, Oh, he must mean Tyler. But then, it
breathe excessively hard and fast
“Now that’s a Black girl for you,” she says, laughing so hard, I think she might
a source of danger
“The jury must’ve believed she thought her life was in
peaceful resistance to a government
“And protect our daughter, Hana, as she struggles to understand the horrible shootings and this troubling verdict. Keep her on the path of peace and
nonviolence. And give solace to the poor families, Lord, who have lost young men way too soon.”
comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
“And protect our daughter, Hana, as she struggles to understand the horrible shootings and this troubling verdict. Keep her on the path of peace and nonviolence. And give
solace to the poor families, Lord, who have lost young men way too soon.”
have an influence upon
“Yes, sugar,” Momma says. “Black Lives Matter organized a march on the 405 to protest the ruling. To make people see that we need to get justice too. You know in this city anything that
affects traffic is going to get noticed.”
turn on a pivot
“I guess,” she says. Her head
swivels around like she is looking for something or somebody. Somebody who isn’t me.
showing bias or bigotry or influenced by preconceived ideas
She said it’s about a big trial, and the South when it was super
prejudiced and racist against Black people (that’s not the way she said it) and about people not treating other people fairly.
according to the exact meaning; according to the facts
Isabella shrugs. “Well, I’m brown. Seems like that’s close enough. And
technically, Shayla’s brown.”
a pie made of fruit with rich biscuit dough on top
A warm scoop of peach
cobbler floats around in my stomach.
strike violently and repeatedly
Bernard pushes Alex behind him and then he
clobbers Marcus, and that’s just when Principal Trask walks outside the cafeteria.
threatening evil or danger
“What did you say?” Principal Trask asks
“If it hadn’t been for you and Coach West, I think Principal Trask would’ve had me
suspended.” He ties on the armband. “Thanks.”
being very thin
Alvin is about five inches shorter than me, and he’s as
scrawny as a chicken wing.
a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
“A Black woman was selling
incense in front of a store,” Daddy said.
shake with fast, tremulous movements
I take a step back and feel a bad
quivering in my bottom lip.
fill as much as possible
Still, my eyes start
brimming with tears.
show a lack of regard for
“We can’t have children
Disrespecting whom? Because as far as I can see, they are showing a huge amount of respect for the victims who have lost their lives. Don’t you think that’s important?”
walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
Coach West has to help Carmetta up. Then Carmetta uses Coach West as a crutch and
hobbles over to the sidelines.
I hated those practices. All the
fumbling, and stumbling, and batons slipping and dropping to the ground. Did Coach West remember how much I struggled with that stupid aluminum tube?
showing extreme urgency or intensity because of great need
But either she doesn’t remember or she’s
desperate, because she says, “You know how, Shayla. You can do it. You’re doing great with your events, and you know I always tell you you’re faster than you realize.”
neck and neck
We have to make the transfer before I’m out of the handoff zone. If I get it late, we’ll be
even or close in a race or competition or comparison
Angie is still in second, and the Wayne girl seems like she is going to be too fast to catch. But Angie is gaining on her, and I feel a scream get caught in my throat. Then they’re
neck and neck, and the finish line is right in front of them.
in a disbelieving manner
“So you have to be mean to be popular?” Isabella asks