"Awkward" by Svetlana Chmakova, List 1

Middle school gets off to a rocky start for Peppi Torres after an awkward encounter with Jaime Thompson — and things only get worse when Peppi's art club begins feuding with the science club. Can Peppi save the day?

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Here are links to our lists for other graphic novels in the Berrybrook Middle School series: Brave, Crush
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definitions & notes only words
  1. dignity
    the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
    It's my first day at Berrybrook Middle School, and I just tripped over my own feet and dropped everything. Including my dignity.
  2. cardinal
    serving as an essential component
    Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.
  3. moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong
    Miss Torres, I did not call this emergency art club meeting to discuss your moral dilemmas.
  4. emerge
    come out of
    That magical time when clubs emerge from their daily toils...to bask in the light of appreciation from their fellow students.
  5. toil
    productive work, especially physical work done for wages
    That magical time when clubs emerge from their daily toils...to bask in the light of appreciation from their fellow students.
  6. bask
    derive or receive pleasure from
    That magical time when clubs emerge from their daily toils...to bask in the light of appreciation from their fellow students.
  7. appreciation
    an expression of gratitude
    That magical time when clubs emerge from their daily toils...to bask in the light of appreciation from their fellow students.
  8. glamour
    alluring beauty or charm
    Glamour! Recognition!
  9. recognition
    the state or quality of being acknowledged
    Glamour! Recognition!
  10. notable
    worthy of attention or interest
    The only notable thing the art club has done is design the school's football team logo.
  11. logo
    a company emblem or device
    The only notable thing the art club has done is design the school's football team logo.
  12. outrageous
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    The spirit of the annual club fair is that ALL clubs receive equal recognition for their hard work. It is outrageous to exclude a club!
  13. exclude
    prevent from being included or considered or accepted
    The spirit of the annual club fair is that ALL clubs receive equal recognition for their hard work. It is outrageous to exclude a club!
  14. draft
    a current of air
    I wish I were a tornado-like force of nature.
    ...But I'm more like a tiny draft...
  15. diagram
    a drawing intended to explain how something works
    I just have to quickly finish this diagram now, and...
  16. meek
    evidencing little spirit or courage
    Science class...is not for the meek-hearted.
  17. injustice
    an unfair act
    I demanded an explanation for the injustice of denying us a table at the fair...and this is what he said to me.
  18. backdrop
    scenery hung at the rear of a stage
    When the drama club asked us to paint the stage backdrops—what happened?
  19. mural
    a painting that is applied to a wall surface
    What if we painted a mural for the school?
  20. conceptual
    being or characterized by ideas or their formation
    We could do conceptual art installations on the football field!
  21. documentary
    a film presenting the facts about a person or event
    I saw this documentary, and they used these glass bubbles to—
  22. beneficial
    promoting or enhancing well-being
    What's a project that's noticeable, beneficial to the school community, and something only the art club can do?
  23. malfunction
    fail to work properly
    My story's going to be about adding robots to the cafeteria...and then they malfunction and take over the school!
  24. awkward
    socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
    Awkward adj.
    1. ...THIS.
  25. behold
    see with attention
    Behold. The science...behind...the mermaid!
  26. productive
    yielding positive results
    I see your tutoring session was very productive.
  27. template
    a model or standard for making comparisons
    Let's talk about the format, guys! I made a template!
  28. experimental
    of the nature of or undergoing a trial
    No, no, merely an experimental flight that went off-course.
  29. data
    a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
    Well, we timed the flight with the weight and without, so the data for comparison is...
  30. inspire
    supply the idea for
    The science field trip is today. Maybe you'll get inspired.
  31. ecosystem
    organisms interacting with their physical environment
    I was told that you are studying ecosystems, so we prepared a special presentation for you.
  32. reef
    a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the water's surface
    Coral reefs of the Maldives...
  33. coordinate
    a number that identifies a position relative to an axis
    If you have the right coordinates, you can use a GPS to go and find them.
  34. fossilize
    convert to plant or animal remains
    The alternative is dusting fossilized animal excrement samples in the center's extensive collection...
  35. migratory
    (of animals) moving seasonally
    It says here that these are migratory birds!!
  36. terrarium
    transparent container in which plants and animals are kept
    I didn't know this place had a terrarium!
  37. souvenir
    a reminder of past events
    ...Grab a souvenir.
  38. commentary
    a written explanation or criticism or illustration
    There are lots of school life topics that need commentary...like picture day drama, cafeteria food mysteries, the science fair...
  39. supernatural
    not able to be explained by physical laws
    Did you see that dark glow? It's like she has supernatural powers.
  40. velocity
    distance travelled per unit time
    We are collecting velocity data for our science fair project.

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