List 2

In this prequel to Walk Two Moons, thirteen-year-old Mary Lou Finney documents an eventful summer.
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  1. flimsy
    lacking solidity or strength
    When I went over there, she was lying on her bed dressed in one of her sister Judy’s flimsy nightgowns (pink nylon! aaargh), flipping through Seventeen.
  2. divine
    of such excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods
    Where did she get these words like divine and truly?
  3. extension
    a delay in the date set for the completion of something
    Would anyone in this world be surprised to learn that Maggie got home at two o’clock? And that she’s not even in trouble? Cinderella called around midnight and asked for an extension.
  4. gawky
    awkward and clumsy in movement or posture
    She said, “He’s just sort of gawky and his eyes sort of bug out so he always looks surprised and he didn’t say two words, just sort of followed Judy and what’s-his-name around, and Beth Ann followed him around.”
  5. exasperating
    extremely annoying or displeasing
    Maggie never remembers names. It’s exasperating.
  6. fed up
    thoroughly disgusted with or annoyed at something
    I think he’s getting sort of fed up with Carl Ray.
  7. skim
    read superficially
    I skimmed through the Odyssey and think perhaps I made a mistake getting this one.
  8. sturdy
    substantially made or constructed
    Do you choose one because it is pretty or because it is sturdy and won’t, sort of, leak?
  9. peer
    look searchingly
    I peered at it and it even looked like a squirrel, so I said, “That’s a great squirrel.”
  10. muse
    the source of an artist's inspiration
    Homer writes so strangely. He begins, “Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.”
  11. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    Homer writes so strangely. He begins, “Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.”
  12. inspire
    supply the idea for
    A Muse is a goddess who sits around inspiring people whenever she feels like it.
  13. slight
    pay no attention to; disrespect
    “Well, yes, I think she should, because many people has she slighted of late.”
  14. absolute
    complete and without restriction or qualification
    I kept looking at the cards, wishing at least one of them would say the truth: “Oh how awful!” or “I wish you weren’t dead” or “This is the absolute worst thing in the world.”
  15. swoop
    move with a sweep
    All of a sudden, I saw this image of Zeus swooping down with this shovel and digging down into the earth and pulling open the coffin and taking Mr. Furtz by the hand and flying off with him up into the clouds, sort of like Superman.
  16. miserable
    very unhappy
    I know, I know, he can’t feel anything if he’s dead, but he must know it’s dark or that he can’t breathe or that everyone is crying and feeling so miserable that he’s gone.
  17. rummage
    search haphazardly
    When Tommy said he was hungry for lunch, I realized that Dad wouldn’t be going to Alesci’s today, so I started rummaging through the cupboards for something to fix.
  18. exotic
    strikingly strange or unusual
    It was funny, but even though Carl Ray has not been the most thrilling guest and he has sure driven me crazy, I didn’t tell Beth Ann any of that. In fact I made him sound almost exotic.
  19. flashy
    (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
    She has these flashy magical sandals that enable her to fly, and she also has a spear, and she can disguise herself as a man or woman.
  20. enable
    provide the means to perform some task
    She has these flashy magical sandals that enable her to fly, and she also has a spear, and she can disguise herself as a man or woman.
  21. suitor
    a man who courts a woman
    The second book was all about Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus, and all the suitors (the guys after Penelope) hanging around.
  22. mope
    be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed
    Today is Sunday and everyone is still moping around about Mr. Furtz.
  23. utterly
    completely and without qualification
    My Muse has utterly abandoned me.
  24. anoint
    administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially
    And then, this really gets me, Menelaus’s maid-servants wash Telemachus and his men and “ anoint” them with oil!
  25. nymph
    a minor nature goddess depicted as a beautiful maiden
    But Odysseus isn’t dead. He’s being held captive by a nymph named Calypso who apparently adores Odysseus and doesn’t want him to go back to Penelope.
  26. ambush
    wait in hiding to attack
    Meanwhile, all Penelope’s suitors decide to ambush Telemachus when he returns.
  27. plaque
    a tablet that commemorates a person or achievement
    Next to the rock is a plaque that explains the legend behind it.
  28. maiden
    an unmarried woman or girl
    According to this legend, there once was an Indian maiden who fell to her death on this very cliff.
  29. abate
    become less in amount or intensity
    Then the winds “ abated” and his friends lifted him off the rock and took him home.
  30. thrash
    move or stir about violently
    Book Five of the Odyssey is all about Odysseus trying to get away from Calypso and being thrashed about on his raft until the goddesses help him.
Created on June 30, 2019 (updated August 6, 2019)

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