Andrew Clements (1949-2019) Tribute List

Andrew Clements wrote many children's stories and books — by his own count, over 90 — and won dozens of awards for them. This list of vocabulary words comes from several of his most popular titles, including his debut novel Frindle.

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  1. abruptly
    quickly and without warning
    Then Mrs. Granger stood up abruptly and said, “Then that is all for today, Nicholas."
  2. allot
    give out
    Each teacher and each team is allotted so much credit for each semester, and then, if you haven’t used up your credits before...
    The Landry News
  3. almanac
    an annual publication arranged according to the calendar
    There were racks of almanacs, nature books, world records books, old encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
    The Landry News
  4. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
    Since we can't all be dreaming this ... we must be looking at some kind of visible light anomaly.
    Things Not Seen
  5. blurt
    utter impulsively
    Sitting three rows away, John blurted out, “I have an extra one you can borrow, Nick.”
  6. cameo
    engraving or carving in low relief on a stone
    She had two skirt-and-jacket outfits, her gray uniform and her blue uniform, which she always wore over a white shirt with a little cameo pin at the neck.
  7. granger
    a person who operates a farm
    For example, take this sentence about Mrs. Granger: “Mrs. Granger, champion of the forces."
  8. hubbub
    loud confused noise from many sources
    The hubbub and confusion of the scene was a welcome distraction, and during the next ten minutes buses one, two, and three filled up and pulled away with their noisy loads.
    The Landry News
  9. jolt
    move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion
    Lincoln Elementary needed a good jolt once in a while, and Nick was just the guy to deliver it.
  10. meek
    humble in spirit or manner
    She pointed meekly at the masthead.
    The Landry News
  11. perplexed
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
    The look on his face says, Perplexed Physicist at Work.
    Things Not Seen
  12. ruckus
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    I know it seems like a big ruckus about a word, but we just can’t tell what’s to come of it unless we take some steps.
  13. scenario
    a postulated sequence of possible events
    "Regarding your, um, situation, Bobby, I've been running through some possible cause scenarios."
    Things Not Seen
  14. skulk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    All day long she had skulked around, making sure that wherever she was, Mr. Larson wasn’t.
    The Landry News
  15. snivel
    cry or whine with snuffling
    You've got to find someone else who wants to sit around and listen to you snivel about everything.
    Things Not Seen
  16. truancy
    failure to attend, especially school
    My name is Officer Martha Pagett, and I'm from the school and truancy division of the State Department of Children and Family Services.
    Things Not Seen
  17. vindicated
    freed from any question of guilt
    It had a single headline—LARSON IS VINDICATED!
    The Landry News
Created on December 16, 2019 (updated December 19, 2019)

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