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In this memoir, Rex Ogle recounts his family's struggles with poverty, hunger, and violence.
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  1. sly
    marked by skill in deception
    Mrs. Winstead makes this face like she bit a lemon. Then her lips curl up at the ends, like she’s real sly. “Perhaps I should call your mother and tell her what you’re reading.”
  2. snicker
    laugh quietly
    My friends snicker. I hate being laughed at.
  3. scurry
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    I see a couple of cockroaches scurrying for cover.
  4. hypochondriac
    a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
    “Oh, here we go. You read one article and now you’re Mr. Science! Are you a doctor now? No! You’re not! Quit being a hypochondriac.”
  5. lactose
    a sugar that occurs only in milk
    “That’s right, lactose intolerant,” Mom continues. “Terrible disease. Anyway, the burger he got had cheese. When I returned it to the cashier and explained, I asked her nicely to fix the mistake. Do you know what she did? She screamed at me!”
  6. pastel
    any of various pale or light colors
    Luke Dodson is taller than everyone else in sixth grade. He’s wearing a pastel polo shirt and pleated dress pants.
  7. pleat
    make folds in a garment or piece of fabric
    Luke Dodson is taller than everyone else in sixth grade. He’s wearing a pastel polo shirt and pleated dress pants.
  8. resurrect
    cause to become alive again
    “I thought he died.”
    “But he came back. He resurrected,” Polly adds.
  9. offensive
    causing anger or annoyance
    She isn’t smiling anymore. Her arms are crossed like I said something offensive.
  10. manipulative
    skillful in influencing others to one's own advantage
    My mom is real crazy about church stuff. She says religious people are all twisted and evil and manipulative and just want money.
  11. touchy
    quick to take offense
    I don’t believe that. But I also don’t know if I believe in the same God they do.
    I don’t say any of this though. People get real touchy about this kinda stuff.
  12. waft
    blow gently
    The smell of fresh-baked bread or cookies wafts in from outside.
  13. keepsake
    something of sentimental value
    That’s it. No photos. No albums. No books. No jewelry box with a ballerina in it. No tin of little keepsakes. My mom doesn’t have anything.
  14. hue
    the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength
    Lumps adorn her legs and arms, the hues so brilliant, they could be shiny new tattoos.
  15. thermostat
    a regulator for automatically regulating temperature
    She goes and checks the thermostat, to make sure I didn’t turn the heater on or anything.
  16. dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
    This big dread comes over me. Like I’m all alone, and cold inside my body, and I want to run into Mom’s arms and just cry.
  17. skitter
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    The second Mom turns on the light, a dozen roaches skitter and scurry toward the crack in the wall.
  18. claustrophobic
    uncomfortably closed or hemmed in
    There’s no furniture in my room, but it feels claustrophobic.
  19. arsenal
    all the weapons and equipment that a country has
    “Here’s a fun fact,” Mr. Chang says, “if humans bomb the planet with their nuclear arsenal, the only life left on Earth will be cockroaches. Only they can survive the toxic fallout.”
  20. fallout
    radioactive particles that settle after a nuclear explosion
    “Here’s a fun fact,” Mr. Chang says, “if humans bomb the planet with their nuclear arsenal, the only life left on Earth will be cockroaches. Only they can survive the toxic fallout.”
Created on March 25, 2020 (updated March 25, 2020)

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